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New tool helps cities go circular

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Nearly 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050 – up from 58% today, according to the United Nations. Accelerating actions that ensure these urban centres transition quickly to become sustainable and liveable environments is a major headache for policy makers worldwide. But new innovations paving the way for the growth of circular economy cities are providing some of the most important solutions in this quest.

Circle Economy, a non-profit organisation headquartered in The Netherlands, is making an impact in helping cities across the world roll out effective circular economy strategies. Today, thanks to the support of the Mava Foundation, it unveiled a prototype of a new digital tool: Circle City Scan, which will give planners access to a range of key data and studies on their areas that will enable them to pinpoint opportunities and ‘build circular roadmaps’.

“Digital tools enable us to democratise access to the knowledge and expertise that cities and regions desperately need to get started on their transition to a circular economy. With the Circle City Scan Tool, we aim to enable municipal and regional governments to understand how circular economy thinking can be embedded in policies and in supply chains. In this way we can increase their capacity to implement practical and scalable circular economy solutions.” said Martijn Lopes Cardozo, CEO Circle Economy.


Tomorrow (26 March) Circle Economy will host a webinar – from 9AM-12PM CET – to explain to the public how the tool works. Register here.

Next steps

Circle City Scan is currently available via a closed beta programme and Circle Economy invites ‘local governments, circularity consultants, project developers and circular solution providers to join the closed beta programme and help co-create the future of the tool’. Apply to join here.

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