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Luxembourg's Climate Pact now also mainstreams circular economy in local policy

Country: 
Luxembourg
City: 
Luxembourg

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Project elaborated in partnership: 
No
Submitted by: 
Paul Rasque
Start/End date: 
01/2018
Ongoing: 
Yes

Type of funding:

Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure - Paul Rasque

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Description: 

The Climate Pact was set up by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg's Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure and "myenergy" (national entity for the promotion of a sustainable energy  transition) in order to enable municipalities wishing to actively tackle climate change to request State support by signing a Climate Pact engagement charter. Initially it included 79 measures divided into 6 categories:

  1. spatial planning and construction,
  2. public buildings and plants,
  3. energy supply and decontamination,
  4. mobility,
  5. internal structures/procedures and finance,
  6. communication and cooperation.

In 2018 specific measures for a transition towards circular economy have been added, which include, among others:

  1. planning of demountable or modular buildings,
  2. promotion of the "product-as-a-service" model,
  3. procurement of Cradle-to-Cradle certified material,
  4. sharing economy initiatives,
  5. use of renewable sources within local circuits,
  6. citizens' co-creation initiatives.

Municipalities are encouraged to take these measures and also supported in their efforts by a climate advisor. They can draw numerous advantages from circular economy, for instance in terms of reduction of municipal costs due to a better management of resources, improvement of social cohesion thanks to citizens' participation in circular economy initiatives (sharing and repairing), recycling of waste and raw materials, creation of local and sustainable employment, increased attractivity and improved life quality for citizens.

Municipalities who put into practice a given percentage of these measures also receive a "Circular Economy certification".

 

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Main results: 

Measures concerning the transition towards circular economy are now tested by Wiltz municipality in its quality as "Hotspot of circular economy".