Bodø, located just above the Arctic Circle, has seen its population increase by 12% over the last decade. For the municipality, CityLoops is an opportunity to transform itself from “being an airport with a city on the outskirts to becoming a city with a modern airport and an international traffic hub.” While this is a major challenge, it also provides Bodø with a great opportunity to explore new approaches to addressing circularity in the construction sector. Bodø recycles around 50% of the 200,000 tonnes of CDW it produces yearly. Through its participation in the CityLoops project, it seeks to increase its circular way of thinking and develop a planning and decision-making tool that demonstrates the attractiveness of the circular economy to investors.
A new Airport for a new city
Bodø is closing down its military airport and developing a new civilian airport, which will bring about a large expansion of the city over the coming decades. This gives the city a great opportunity for a series of on-site circular demonstration actions within the CityLoops project. These actions will be related to the re-use, repurposing and recycling of CDW and soil at the airport area and should enable Bodø to rethink its handling of construction and demolition waste and to pilot circular approaches.