A circular economy keeps products and materials circulating within the economy at their highest value for as long as possible, through re-use, upcycling, recycling, remanufacturing, delivering products as services and sharing
Cities are the big player of the circular economy. Globally, for the first time ever, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and Cities could play a key role for the development of the circular economy.
London, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam and Copenhagen are developping some best practice models. London is developing it own circular economy routemap, which involves drawing up new specifications for public procurement, and reframing other local government policies such as planning, infrastructure and transport to encourage greater reuse of materials and assets.
Other examples include Helsinki where city authorities are aspiring to make car ownership obsolete through the creation of multimodal transport infrastructure (bus, bike, taxi or ferry). On a smaller level, Peterborough, a 2015 World Smart City winner, is looking to become the first ‘circular-smart’ city by integrating its smart city agenda with its circular economy drive.
The circular economy is a global movement, being circular is smart, and it is boosting new business models that rely on new technology and disruptive innovative solutions.
|Registration||7 Jun – 30 Oct|
|Meeting Selection||4 Sep – 6 Nov|
|Event||14 Nov – 16 Nov|
|Costs||Free of charge (Visitor Pass Required)|
Avinguda Joan Carles I 64
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain