ABOUT

WHAT IS
THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

From linear
to circular
The Circular Economy is the conceptual framework of sustainable development. Its goal is the production of goods and services while at the same time reducing the consumption and wastage of raw materials, water and energy sources.
It is about implementing a new economy that is circular – not linear – based on the principle of "closing the loop" of the lifecycles of products, services, waste, materials, water and energy.

Circular Economy European Summit

It is this conceptual framework that justifies the creation of an event devoted to the Circular Economy, based on the following strategic lines:

  • Improving efficiency and reducing the use of resources.
  • Identifying and creating new opportunities for economic growth and promoting the innovation and competitiveness of cities and their surroundings as well as their companies.
  • Guaranteeing the security of supply of essential resources.
  • Fighting against climate change and limiting the environmental impact of the use of resources.
     
Our format for 2020

This year, the circular economy will be featured at talks and sessions at a variety of related trade fairs: BforPlanet (22-23 September), Alimentaria FoodTech (6-9 October), Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia 2020 (16-19 November), Smart City Expo World Congress (17-19 November), Smart Mobility Congress (17-19 November), Equiplast (1-4 December), Eurosurfas (1-4 December) and Expoquimia (1-4 December).

How are cities approaching the circular challenge?

Amsterdam's "circular city" strategy involves all aspects of the CE: energy, waste, water management, health, air pollution, etc. Its methodology relies on a collaborative model that brings together businesses, start-ups, the resident population and NGOs to work on specific pilot projects. Betting on a sustainable supply chain.

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City authorities are aspiring to make car ownership obsolete through the creation of multimodal transport infrastructure and the provision of an app that will allow citizens to purchase mobility on-demand.


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London is developing its own CE routemap, drawing up new specifications for public procurement, and reframing other local government policies to encourage greater reuse of materials and assets.

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Paris is planting the seeds of the CE in the large and productive area of Greater Paris by seeking out and exploring new possibilities. By running a General Assembly that produced a White Paper, they have made a significant first step, which will now encourage other initiatives and raise awareness about this new economy.

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Peterborough is one of the four UK Future City Demonstrators and a 2015 World Smart City winner, winning the City Award for: A Living Smart and Circular Urban Laboratory (United Kingdom). Aspiring to become the UK Environment Capital and its first Circular City, Peterborough's smart city programme, called Peterborough DNA, has been running since 2013 to implement growth, innovation and supply chain sustainability interlinked end-goals through bottom-up collaborations.

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