March 25, 2020

Circle Economy announces Circle City Scan digital tool to support cities’ transition to the circular economy

The tool will give cities guidance on which focus areas to build their circular roadmaps on, and is now available for early users through a closed beta programme

Today, with generous support from the Mava Foundation, Circle Economy announces the Circle City Scan Tool: a digital tool that supports cities and regions around the world in creating an action plan for the transition to the circular economy. A prototype of the tool is now available through a closed beta programme, and we invite interested users to apply to join. 

Building resilient cities through the circular economy

As the need for resilience in the face of global emergencies – from the current COVID-19 pandemic to climate change – becomes ever more pressing, the circular economy is increasingly gaining momentum within cities and regions as a viable strategy to achieve these goals– namely, to create cities that are liveable, thriving, and resilient. 

Lack of data, insights, and guidance

However, data and evidence of the current state of the circular economy in cities is not readily available to decision-makers, and most are struggling to get insights on what the most relevant circular solutions for their context is.

The Circle City Scan Tool

The Circle City Scan Tool enables local governments to discover and prioritise circular opportunities for their city or region, based on proprietary and publicly available socioeconomic and material flow data, relevant circular case studies, and users’ input as to which sectors, materials, and impact areas are a priority in local agendas

The tool builds on Circle Economy’s expertise helping cities and regions develop circular economy action plans over the last five years, including cities such as Amsterdam, Glasgow, Basel, Almaty, Philadelphia, and more.  

On March 26th, the Circle Economy team will walk the public through the tool in an online webinar at 9AM-12PM CET. Interested parties can register through the webinar registration page.

The tool was developed in collaboration with organisations at the forefront of the circularity transition in their cities, in Switzerland, Finland, Czech Republic, Ghana, US, Canada, and Spain. 

Circle Economy is now welcoming local governments, circularity consultants, project developers and circular solution providers to join our closed beta programme and help co-create the future of the tool. Interested parties can contact us to join through the tool’s contact form.

“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.

About Circle Economy

We work to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. As an impact organisation, we work to identify opportunities to turn circular economy principles into practical reality.

With nature as our mentor, we combine practical insights with scalable responses to humanity’s greatest challenges. Our vision is economic, social and environmental prosperity without compromising the future of our planet. Our mission is to connect and empower a global community in business, cities and governments to create the conditions for systemic transformation.

More than 50 businesses are now part of our membership community (from large multinationals to active SMEs and innovative start-ups) with whom we co-create practical and scalable solutions, making the circular economy happen. In addition, we work with cities, governments, CSOs, NGO’s, advisory boards and intergovernmental bodies.

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