How circular is your city?

The Circle City Scan

To guide cities in their transition, we have developed the Circle City Scan, a tried-and-tested method comprising five phases:
  1. City Baseline Analysis
  2. Material Flow Analysis
  3. Development of a Circular Strategy
  4. Circular City Action Planning
  5. Local Business Accelerator
Tailor the Scan to your needs
Contact us to discuss the unique needs of your city or region
and how the Circle City Scan can be adapted to suit them.
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‘Circle Assessments are all about
future proofing’.
—Alison McRae, Senior Director,
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Step 1: City baseline analysis

How do I start a circular
economy strategy?
We help cities prioritise focus sectors by comparing the city's economic activities with their impacts on key metrics (such as jobs, emissions and economic value added), and identifying relevant local policies and activities already underway. Priority sectors can then be analysed in further depth using Material Flow Analysis.
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Step 2: Material Flow Analysis

What are the key points for impact?
Using Material Flow Analysis (MFA), we identify the key points for intervention within city sectors. The MFA combines multiple data points from a variety of sources, and provides a visual overview of resource use and waste generation by the city.

The analysis helps urban change-makers to better understand resource use patterns in their city, and to recognise their role in shifting from linear toward circular.
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Step 3: Development of a circular strategy

Want an impactful circular strategy with data and stakeholder collaboration?
Once the focus areas for a city have been identified, we help stakeholders to develop a strategy based on the most impactful interventions.

Drawing on our extensive experience and a database of over 3,000 real-world case studies, we work with local stakeholders to select those most relevant to the context and goals. We conduct a scenario analysis on a shortlist of promising opportunities to estimate their likely impacts and choose the best options. As an outcome, the city receives a strategy for pursuing the most impactful circular opportunities, supported by data and best practices, and co-developed with core stakeholders.
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Step 4: Circular city action planning

Ready to turn circular
opportunities into action?
To transform promising circular opportunities into local action, we co-develop step-by-step roadmaps that city stakeholders can act upon.

We provide neutral spaces for government and non-government actors to work together on addressing systemic challenges, ranging from the development of innovative pilot projects to the revision of policies to create a more enabling environment for the circular economy. We help them identify the key objectives they would like to achieve, the indicators that will aid in assessing progress toward these objectives, and the actions required to move from the current state.
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Step 5: Local business accelerator

What role can local businesses play in the circular transformation of your city?
Local businesses can help the cities they operate in become more circular, for example, through upscaling or diversifying their offerings, making the value chain more circular. Our expert team provides training on the principles of circular business and linear risks, and shares real-life case studies and success stories from similar contexts. Where needed, we help form communities of practice to overcome practical obstacles, from financing and accounting to regulation and bureaucracy: accelerating progress and creating a connected network of local businesses.
Accelerate local businesses
The Circle Scan helped us set priorities and measure the scale and issues of what we were dealing with. This allowed us to focus on what matters. There are so many bigger problems—and opportunities.
—Petr Hlubuček, former Deputy Mayor of Prague
Curious how the Circle City Scan can solve the unique needs of your city or region?
Contact us to explore all possible collaborations
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