|Towards circular economy action plans at regional and local levels|
ACR+ wants to support local and regional authorities in being ambitious on circular economy and will therefore support and help them to adopt aspiring circular economy strategies. That is why ACR+ decided to develop a specific Working Group on Circular Economy Planning by cities and regions . This working group, called “Circular Europe Network”, gathers ACR+ members committed to improve their resource strategies and strengthen the sustainable development of their territory. The Working Group will be helped by an Advisory Committee involving European experts from various backgrounds, in order to provide a multi-stakeholders input.
The Circular Europe Network builds on the expertise of European front runners within the ACR+ network in order to gather, analyse and exchange information on efficient circular economy strategies implemented by cities and regions.
Based on ACR+ vision for circular economy , the Circular Europe Network aims to work on the priorities defined by its members, delivering methodological tools and access to good practices on those priorities. The first areas of work are general guidelines on circular economy planning, followed by sectorial guidelines focusing on sustainable food and sustainable construction. Good practices on circular economy strategies implemented by public authorities are available on the Circular Europe Network website.
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- Find out more on ACR+ vision for circular economy
- Find out more about the Circular Europe Network's activities
What is Circular Economy?
The traditional model of economic growth - a linear economy (resource extraction - product making - waste disposal) - leads us to a multi-dimensional impasse :
- In 35 years, the volume of resources extracted increased by 65%... and over 50% of this volume are non-renewable resources (source: OECD)
- The European Union now imports over six times the amount of materials it exports (source: EEA)
- The generalization of the current European lifestyle would require between 2 and 3 planets
- The prices of raw materials have increased by almost 150% between 2002 and 2010; and provides, in 2030, 3 billion middle-class consumers (source : World Economic Forum)
- Strategic commodities (such as gold, silver, indium, iridium, tungsten, etc. ) are becoming scarcer and most are usually found concentrated in a few countries: for example, 97% of rare earth elements, essential for wind turbines, low-energy light bulbs or hybrid vehicles, are found in China (source: Institute of urban Planning and Development / Île-de-France)
- In parallel with GDP growth, there has been a growth of waste, harmful emissions (including CO2), public debt, and ... poverty and social inequality.
The traditional model must therefore be replaced with a circular economy model aiming at closing the loop of resources and reducing the environmental impact of the product life cycle at all stages of the process (production, distribution, consumption).
Circular Europe Network's activities
- Background documents
- 4 November 2014: First meeting of the working groups (presentations available for members only)
- 28 May 2015: Second meeting of the Circular Europe Network : monitoring circular economy
- 30 October 2015: Third meeting of the Circular Europe Network : public procurement and circular economy
More information on the Circular Europe Network website
All ACR+ members are welcome to become part of the Circular Europe Network.