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In this section you will find existing strategies for the transition to a circular economy adopted at national, regional or local level by public authorities.

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Riihimäki's circular economy roadmap

Riihimäki
Publication Date: 
05/2019
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Finland

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Jenni Takala
Hanna Eskelinen

In the framework of the CIRCWASTE project, coordinated by SYKE (Finnish Environment Institute), pioneering municipalities have developed local circular economy roadmaps in 2019.

The town of Riihimäki is already a member of FISU (Finnish Sustainable Communities), a network of Finnish municipalities committed to becoming waste-free, and has now adopted a circular economy roadmap focusing on the participation of local actors.

In 2017, the local authorities asked the 29,000 inhabitants of this town what sustainable choices they would be ready to make and how the municipal council could best enable these. Inhabitants also contributed ideas to develop the resource efficiency of Riihimäki.

The circular economy and resource efficiency roadmap of Riihimäki covers five themes:

  1. Carbon neutral energy production and consumption
  2. Sustainable circulation and ecologically efficient town structure
  3. Sustainable consumption of natural resources and circular economy
  4. Diversity of nature and comfortable living environment
  5. Inhabitant responsibility in Riihimäki.

Every one of these themes is dealt with by taking into account the following points of view:

  1. Vision for 2050
  2. Methods of working: who realises the vision
  3. Actions, ideas, commitments and promises
  4. Measures and indicators for monitoring and follow-up.

In addition to municipal actions, the Riihimäki roadmap also includes commitments to circular economy by local companies and communities. The roadmap also accentuates the education of students and recent graduates with the aim of incorporating the circular economy into all professional fields.

As cooperation is central to circular economym, the Riihimäki roadmap’s guiding principle is to increase cooperation between different communities and companies. The aim is to share good practice by developing a cluster that will monitor how companies are progressing and promote circular economy cooperation.

 

Vantaa creating business opportunities based on the circular economy

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Publication Date: 
06/2019
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Finland

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Kimmo Nekkula

In the framework of the CIRCWASTE project, coordinated by SYKE (Finnish Environment Institute), pioneering municipalities have developed local circular economy roadmaps in 2019. This roadmap, adopted by Finland's fourth biggest city, is based first and foremost on what stakeholders identify as local strengths, special characteristics and challenges.

Vantaa’s roadmap lists the priorities, objectives and actions to take in 2019-2030 that could a promote circular economy locally. Its priorities are the following:

  1. circular business models
  2. circular economy in construction
  3. circular public procurement
  4. sharing economy.

The objectives are to be reached by 2030 in four timeframes, with responsibility for implementation shared among several local stakeholders that vary from municipal utilities to private companies. Specific indicators have been developed to measure and report on progress.

To stimulate circular business models locally, the municipality will set up a local cluster in cooperation with Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY.

Vantaa’s roadmap also puts a strong emphasis on construction and land use, committing to increase local (re)-use of soil and recycled materials in construction, which should reduce GHG emissions from transport.  The use of demolished concrete has already increased and become fairly commonplace in infrastructure projects. It is used in street structures, repairs of building elevations and green landscaping.

In addition to this, Vantaa aims to develop a set of procurement criteria incorporating circular economy principles. As the circular economy benefits the natural environment, businesses and residents alike, cooperation among stakeholders is central to implementation of the roadmap.

Porvoo's circular economy roadmap

Porvoo
Publication Date: 
05/2019
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Finland

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Sanna Päivärinta
Enni Flykt
Hanna Eskelinen

In the framework of the CIRCWASTE project, coordinated by SYKE (Finnish Environment Institute), pioneering municipalities have developed local circular economy roadmaps in 2019. The City of Porvoo is one of these and published its own circular economy roadmap in May 2019 to steer efforts that promote resource efficiency and circular economy in the coming years, so it can build on successes to date that range.

A steering group of 16 municipal civil servants and other local stakeholders drafted this roadmap, which focuses in particular on the following objectives:

  1. increasing the use of recycled materials in excavation and building sites
  2. cooperating to improve energy efficiency
  3. reducing the amount of total waste while increasing the level of recycling municpal waste.

    The amount of high-quality soil and rock is not increasing in Finland, nor is the land area growing. This is why in Porvoo stakeholders are desiging a built environment that takes into account the sustainable use of soil materials and other resources. 

    Porvoo also aims to reduce food waste and improve the recycling of municipal waste through counselling and outreach for and to citizens. The impact of counselling on the volume of food waste is monitored at schools by weighing plate waste, for example. In addition to this, Porvoo will promote waste sorting by improving the quality of the recycling network using life-cycle analysis.

    The roadmap also includes specific circular economy tasks and challenges for the local authorities and companies of the City of Porvoo to implement, with the most urgent having a completion date of 2020 while others have targets for 2030.

    Central Finland's circular economy roadmap

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    Publication Date: 
    12/2018
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    Finland

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    Outi Pakarinen
    Hannu Koponen

    In the framework of the CIRCWASTE project, Southwest Finland developed a circular economy roadmap in late 2018 to help implementation of the national waste plan and define regional objectives with concrete measures to achieve these.

    The Finnish Environment Institute formed an expert network on circular economy, and began identifying regional strengths and special characteristics to start with.

    In 2018, the Central Finland region produced approximately 1,8 million tonnes of different kinds of waste. Stakeholders thus sought to focus on waste management during the drafting process, and received training on, for example, plastic lifespan and creativity in the circular economy alongside many networking opportunities.

    While the overarching theme is public procurement, the regional strategy focuses on the following sectors in particular:

    1. construction and demolition waste (62% of all waste in the region)
    2. biodegradable waste, biogas and the nutrient reuse (approximately 30% of non-recycled waste is biodegradable waste)
    3. plastics (in 2018 households generated approximately 6,000 tonnes of such waste)
    4. electric and electronic wreckage (in 2018 citizens generated approximately 6,000 tonnes of such waste)

    This roadmap seeks to reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste and increase reuse of such waste to 70%. The partial activities helping to reach the targets are listed in the roadmap.

    Different stakeholders, ranging from municipal or regional authorities, to national institutes, educational establishments, and private companies will take responsibility for implementation.

    North Karelia's circular economy roadmap

    Pohjois-Karjala
    Publication Date: 
    12/2018
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    Finland

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    Aino Heikura

    In 2018, Finland's easternmost region of North Karelia adopted a circular economy roadmap as part of the CIRCWASTE project. Its objectives are to:

    1. enhance material and energy efficiency and improve natural resource use
    2. make circular economy inherent to industrial production in priority sectors and strengthen the regional cooperation network in the field of circular economy
    3. strengthen and stimluate new circular business models while developing new technological solutions and know-how in the region.

    Regarding waste management overall, this strategy aims to increase knowledge and change overall consumer attitudes.

    A system to recycle construction waste is set for development, and will focus on logistics, demolition methods and supervision. This strategy aims to improve training concerning waste management in particular, and motivate companies to consider waste already in the planning stage.

    As for municipal waste management, the strategy hopes to improve the collection network and logistics by creating incentives and introducing monitoring systems.

    The objectives are to be reached in different timeframes by 2030. For each partial target, responsibilities have been shared among various actors: municipalities, the Regional Council of North Karelia, private companies, educational establishments, organisations etc.

    South Karelia's circular economy roadmap

    Etelä-Karjala
    Publication Date: 
    12/2018
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    Finland

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    Salme Muurikka

    The circular economy roadmap of the South Karelia region in Finland, along the Russian border, was drawn up at the end of 2018 in the framework of the CIRCWASTE project. The Finnish Environment Institute formed an expert network on circular economy, and began by identifying regional strengths and specific characteristics.

    In South Karelia, stakeholders set the objectives of circular economy as

    1. Sustainable wellbeing, no emissions, no waste, or excessive consumption
    2. More jobs and business activity in the field of environment
    3. Strengthening of knowledge and training in environmental and circular economy issues.

    Stakeholders at different levels are responsible for achieving specific targets, and range from the regional development council to municipalities, private companies, networks, universities and other educational establishments, etc.

    For manufacturing, this strategy focuses on construction and mining, energy efficiency, renewable energies, reducing CO2 emissions, increasing recycling and improving waste management.

    Regarding bio-based industries such as forestry in particular, this strategy focuses on by-products, nutrient recycling, and developing new products and materials.

    To develop intelligent public services, the region is hoping to stimulate the sharing economy and improve digital services.

    This strategy perceives the factors enabling circular economy as citizen engagement, research cooperation, developing educational curricula, and the role of government procurement. 

    South Karelia's performance will be monitored using the following indicators:

    • ​the amount and level of recycled municipal waste
    • the amount and level of recycled construction and demolition waste
    • the amount of biodegradable municipal waste and the amounts of composted or decomposed biodegradable municipal waste
    • the amount and level of electrical or electronics waste.

    The region has also set itself goals to:

    • create 500 new jobs in environmental businesses by 2030
    • increase by 20% the number of businesses in waste management and recycling within the region.

     

    Southwest Finland's circular economy roadmap

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    Publication Date: 
    01/2019
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    Finland

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    Aleksis Klap
    Pilvi Kara

    In the framework of the CIRCWASTE project, Southwest Finland developed a circular economy roadmap to implement the national waste plan and define regional objectives with concrete measures to achieve these.

    The Finnish Environment Institute formed an expert network on circular economy, and began identifying regional strengths and special characteristics to start with. A regional cooperation group of more than 20 members was founded to work the strategy. It was composed of representatives from various towns, education establishments, the Regional Council of Soutwest Finland, private companies etc.

    For Southwest Finland, stakeholders set a focus on sustainable food systems, high-tech industry, transport and logistics. Public services and knowledge exchange with industry, academia and civil society are the overarching themes.

    The objectives and measures are classified along the priority sectors:

    • construction
    • biodegradable waste
    • nutrient reuse
    • municipal waste.

    Targeted training and versatile learning materials will advance circular economy in construction, where the strategy aims to generate less waste and increase the use of construction and demolition waste to 70%.

    As Southwest Finland is a national frontrunner in making use of agricultural by-products and nutrient reuse, the region wants to build on its strengths and halve food waste by 2030. Another goal in this area is to increase the amount of recycled organic waste to 60%.

    Additionally the strategy hopes to decouple municipal waste growth from regional GDP growth, and increase recycling to 55%.

    Brussels construction industry roadmap towards a circular economy

    Brussels construction industry roadmap towards a circular economy

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    06/2019
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    Belgium

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    The Brussels Regional Programme for a Circular Economy is Belgium's capital region strategic effort towards a circular economy. Within this programme, the Brussels construction industry with its 12,000 businesses is a priority sector. As construction and facilities management accounts for 98% of water use, 75% energy demand and 33% of waste in Brussels, there is great potential for a substantial contribution to a circular transition.

    This roadmap, developed in partnership with the Environmental Agency through 3 stakeholder workshops, includes three gradual steps towards circular building in Brussels:

    1. voluntary measures by construction businesses by 2025
    2. comprehensive regulation for circular public buildings by 2030
    3. reforming all relevant local planning regulations to include circular principles by 2040

    While the latter goal remains to be clearly defined and prepared, the voluntary measures by companies and regulatory update for public buildings have already been transformed into actionable steps, e.g. revising training curricula in vocational and professional schools with a circular mindset or setting up monitoring systems to track the flow of resource and waste from Brussels' largest construction sites.

    Circulair Den Haag: transitie naar een duurzame economie

    Circular The Hague: transition to a sustainable economy

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    Publication Date: 
    02/2018
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    Netherlands

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    In this policy note, the City of the Hague outlines why a circular transition is necessary and what benefits it can provide to the city for its sustainable development. Continuing with a state-of-play, the note sketches out the policy framework at European, national and regional level to provide strategic context and introduce analysis of a non-exhaustive list of 143 ongoing circular projects in The Hague area. Links to further research show that making use of the opportunities a circular economy provides in the Construction, Procurement and Retail Trade sectors alone could substantially reduce carbon emissions and deliver 3,500 jobs in The Hague area.

    Building on this research, the policy note indicates the city's priorities best lie in biomass, construction material and critical raw materials. To showcase possible next steps, the note provides a list of easily implementable projects and policies in these priority areas, while concluding with a stakeholder engagement strategy that should enable the city's administration to realise its goals for the priority sectors.

    Roubaix's Circular Economy Route Map

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    Publication Date: 
    02/2019
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    France

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    Yves Antoine Bauche
    Alexandre Garcin

    After the 2014 elections, the new Roubaix municipality team wanted to change the image of its city and encourage a positive attitude towards both its inhabitants and France as a whole.

    The roadmap aims at turning difficulties into advantages, generating a new dynamic. Based on the Sustainable development strategy (since 2003), a zero waste policy is progressively implemented with a focus on cooperation and awareness raising among the stakeholders.

    The approach is global, even if some activities are implemented on a micro-scale (budget issue), mostly at the level of a city sub-district (Fresnoy-Mackellerie).

    To enable the entire City of Roubaix to experience the transition to a zero waste economy, projects are open and accessible to all categories of population and businesses. This is reflected in the way the projects are designed and co-developed, and how the City communicates about them.

    Some concrete solutions are tested on an everyday basis and feedback is already shared with others (zero waste family program, zero waste business label, zero waste festival…).

    Generally speaking, the City of Roubaix wants :

    1. to have the largest possible audience sharing the zero waste concepts, to match activities that could bring new dynamics into this field and make it happen. The more people share the same values the better;
    2. to multiply the interaction at different levels (inhabitants, institutions, businesses) but also to keep a global coherent approach;
    3. to minimize the production of waste, by changing consumer’s behaviour, retailer distribution methods and the design and processing used by the companies;
    4. to make the remaining and really unavoidable waste enter a circular loop.

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