Coordinated by: ACR+
Local and regional areas are key levels to launch and implement systemic changes that are needed for the transition to a circular economy. Being a level of governance that is close to citizens, city authorities have a strong potential to support and influence the development of circular economy business models on their territory. On the other hand, goods are mostly produced outside of cities, in regions where synergies and symbiosis can be created both for food and industries. Interaction and mutual influence of cities and regions is therefore key. The specific focus of this ECESP Leadership Group is the territorial approach to circular economy transition at local and regional level, therefore cities, villages and the interaction with regional areas. Participants to LG activities will meet with other participants, experts and various stakeholders to exchange knowledge and practices.
The main objective of these activities is to help the participants to develop and implement circular economy solutions within their territory and to learn from the experience. The Cities & Regions leadership group addresses macro themes which can be seen as enabling factors for circular transition in territories. The territorial approach of the LG will look at those themes highlighting cross-cutting entry points that will facilitate a solution-oriented mutual exchange, such as: governance, enabling the development of efficient strategies and facilitating the involvement of the various kinds of stakeholders; indicators and monitoring frameworks for the transition at territorial level, from resource and environment, economic and social perspectives; testing, replication and upscaling of circular practices at territorial level through legal and economic instruments.
Through these cross-cutting entry points, this LG will allow to exchange practices, ideas and experiences of cities and regions designing and implementing circular systemic solutions. It will particularly focus on:
• Local policies for sustainable and resilient food systems: addressing food, food losses and food waste in an attempt to make food systems fairer, healthier, and carbon-neutral. Food production, consumption, and waste and their connection with environmental challenges like soil, air and water quality, biodiversity loss, resources scarcity and climate change;
• Urban and regional circular systemic solutions on plastics and textiles: exchange of expertise and knowledge on local practices and strategies for which plastic and textile waste reduction was monitored and documented;
• Monitoring the impact of policy, legal and economic instruments on production and consumption, waste management, secondary raw materials, innovation. How cities follow up the implementation of policy instruments and which data they collect to assess results.
Regular members of this Leadership Group:
- Circle Economy
- Circular Change
- European Environmental Bureau