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Riihimäki's circular economy roadmap

Riihimäki
Publication Date: 
05/2019
Country: 
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.

 

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.

    Roubaix's Circular Economy Route Map

    inclusive circular economy zero waste
    Publication Date: 
    02/2019
    Country: 
    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.

    Strategy for the Transition to the Circular Economy in the Municipality of Maribor

    Strategy for the Transition to Circular Economy in the Municipality of Maribor

    Publication Date: 
    10/2018
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    Slovenia

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    Igor Kos

    The underlying idea of the Strategy for the Transition to the Circular Economy in the Municipality of Maribor, as well as the Wcycle project, is its to have an own innovative model as a system for managing all the resources available in the Municipality of Maribor and the wider urban area.

    The model is based on the operation of enterprises that are predominantly publicly-owned and already provide public services for residents. They are thus the city’s bottlenecks that until now have not functioned as a connecting link, which is a fundamental principle in the transition from linear to circular economy.

    Only close cooperation between public companies, citizens, industry and local self-government can lead to a successful interconnected system that optimises resources and results - economic, environmental and social. This is a long-term project that provides development-oriented efficient management of resource flows in local and regional environments.

    The purpose of the Strategy and Wcycle project discussed is cross-sectoral cooperation in handling, processing, re-use and development of resources, which deals with the circular economy in Maribor in seven selected sectors (i.e pillars or circles).

    The positive consequences of these practices are the emergence of new business opportunities for the Municipality of Maribor, the people and the economy, the creation of high-quality, mainly green jobs, new added value and a fresh economic boost.