Measuring the Circular City
Cities need to understand how their activities impact the state of the circular economy in their region. To support cities achieve their goals, these need to be defined and progress needs to be measured. Therefore, in CityLoops, we have developed an operable circular city definition accompanied by indicators that help understanding which parameters need to be measured and where CityLoops cities can have most impact.
"A circular city is one that promotes the transition from a linear to a circular economy in an integrated way across all its functions, in collaboration with citizens, businesses and the research community. It fosters business models and economic behaviour which decouple resource use from economic activity by maintaining value and utility of for as long as possible, in order to close material loops and minimise harmful resource use and waste generation. Through this transition, cities seek to improve human wellbeing, reduce emissions, protect and enhance biodiversity, and promote social inclusion, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals."
There are many circular economy definitions available. To make them useful for cities, The CityLoops project is proposing this one.
SCA in practice
The SCA reports contribute to making data visible, breaking silo’s, contextualizing both the CityLoops demonstration actions and the materials available in these sectors, establishing the status quo with a baseline for analysis, giving cites a better understanding of the big picture in the sectors, informing policy making, upscaling the CityLoops demonstration actions, and unlocking circular hotspot analysis.
Within CityLoops, the SCA reports don’t stand on their own. They will be connected to the Urban Circularity Assessment (UCA) and the Circularity Hotspot Analysis (CHA), both to be developed at a later stage of the project. These complementary analyses will help to further advance cities towards their circular economy journey, until they can develop their own circularity roadmap. These analyses will developed in a way that allows their work and insights to be integrated with each other, to make the overall approach coherent and easier for the cities.