Climate-KIC "Municipality-led circular economy case studies"

Cities across Europe now unite in a project working towards a shared circular economy, aiming to identify best practice to follow in the fast track to circularity. In contrast to the traditional linear economy supporting short-sighted design, conspicuous consumption and the storage or attempted destruction of the resulting waste, a circular economy is all about closing the loop with a holistic and regenerative perspective on design, production, consumption and disposal. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal number 12, “Responsible Consumption and Production,” clearly addresses the need for a circular economy, and the concept is high on the European Union’s political agenda, being the subject of the ambitious action plan “Closing the Loop” from 2015.