Mayors from 26 European cities commit to advancing circular economy

Leading figures from major cities across Europe have signed an agreement to move towards a circular economy.

The agreement, signed in Paris and published in the Guardian, set out a number of measures around emissions and recycling, before stating more far-reaching ambitions to transition to a circular economy:

“In parallel, we are launching ambitious projects such as tackle urban sprawl, (re)introduce nature and biodiversity in our cities, improve recycling, fight against waste, move us towards a circular economy, prioritise public transport, increase electrical mobility, refurbish buildings and improve energy efficiency.”

The cities signing this agreement include London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Brussels and Copenhagen, among others, with a total of 60 million inhabitants and €2 trillion GDP. Presuming this agreement leads to concrete action, it could have significant impact in shifting towards a more circular economy.

Also included in the statement is an agreement to share best practice on more effective resource and energy use, with leaders “determined to share globally the solutions they have found locally”. The circular economy has gained early interest from other regions such as Danish Business Authority, Scotland, Wallonia, Catalonia, Nord-Pas de Calais and Haarlemermeer, all regional members of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 programme, which aims to increase circularity through network, knowledge sharing and collaborative problem solving.

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