The following cities have been shortlisted:
Brussels Capital Region: ‘Brussels regional programme for a circular economy (BRPCE)’
The BRPCE programme brings together 111 measures on the circular economy. Working with around 60 public and private stakeholders, the plans include training 20,000 economic operators in circular economy ideas, and using environment clauses in 50% of its public tenders. It aims to transform environmental objectives into economic opportunities; anchor economic activities within Brussels’ boundaries while boosting entrepreneurship; and create new employment opportunities.
Munich: ‘Halle 2 – the Munich second hand store as nucleus of the local circular economy’
What do you do with your used products? Have you heard of upscaling? Repair cafés? Munich’s Halle 2 is a public second hand store that offers citizens affordable used products. By selling goods that are collected at 12 recycling centres in the city, Halle 2 extends the lifespan of useful everyday items. This ‘re-use las’ actively supports sustainable lifestyle and works with Munich’s citizens to offer them ways to be more environmentally and resource friendly in daily life.
Tampere: ‘From linear to circular bioeconomy’
Tampere’s EC03 circular economy park is based on cooperation between the public sector, private enterprise and citizens. Grouped across three municipalities it mainly focuses on biomaterials. A waste recycling plant ‘digests’ materials from both sewage water and biowaste. This material is then turned into biological nutrients for food production, material for green infrastructure, biogas for vehicles and CHP production, and C02 for agricultural production in green houses.
Almere: ‘From aquatic plant to paper and bench’
Faced with a tricky situation where fast growing aquatic plants at lake Weerwater were causing problems for local people’s recreational and economic activity, the city of Almere acted to turn crisis into opportunity. While getting rid of, transporting and incinerating the plants is costly, a new business plan was hatched together with local stakeholders. By thinking about the plants as a raw material, the plants are now turned into paper, and even for meal boxes on some commercial flights.
Brussels Capital Region: ‘Be circular – be Brussels – call for projects for enterprises
‘Be Circular Be Brussels’ is designed to support entrepreneurs and businesses in Brussels in innovative projects that integrate circular economy concepts while also creating local jobs. Following the first call 85 project ideas were received, of which 41 were funded, creating 30 jobs. The projects included an online platform that aims to mutualise goods with a low rate of use within a community of members, as well as a service that aims to collect and resell hardware and technological devices.
Lille Metropole Europeenne: ‘La Lainière project house, the first cradle-to-cradle building’
As the first French Cradle to Cradle building, La Lanière Project House is designed to have no impact on the environment. From its extractable foundation to its non-bituminous roof membrane and inflatable meeting room, it is a building based in the principles of the circular economy. Each element is not only bio-sourced, but could be dismantled tomorrow and reused elsewhere for entirely different projects. Furthermore, it is also designed to host a wide variety of activities for local residents and organisations.
Antwerp: ‘Inside out: boosting products, boosting people’
This social project, focussed on a clothing and alteration shop, integrates circular economy concepts in the production of its goods, with methods to help people participate in society. Vulnerable families can buy inexpensive clothing and enjoy styling advice in the ‘social clothing store’. A ‘tailor and alteration shop’ offers budget friendly alterations. It is also a place where people can obtain experience in a working environment and refugees can be welcomed and learn the Dutch language.
Brighton & Hove: ‘City reuse project’
A Reuse manager was contracted to work on a modernisation programme that changed the way the council thinks about its offices, assets and approach to work. The King’s House project, which involved emptying the largest office block in the city of 1,000 staff along with all their furniture and equipment, was used to benefit local residents, organisations and community groups. In total 150 tonnes of materials were reused, which is equal to £150,000 of economic value re-entering the local community.
Gothenburg: ‘Smart map’
The smart map is a digital map based on the participation of local inhabitants and a public partnership. Developed in 2016, it promotes a sustainable lifestyle by encouraging citizens to find alternatives to consumption, such as sharing or lending. Through several public ‘map jam events’ local initiatives helped to give shape to the project, which now shows around 100 organisations. It is a continuously evolving map, to which any citizen or organisation can propose new initiatives.
*Cities are listed alphabetically