A guide for circularity in the urban environment

February 2, 2023

Almost 60% of the built environment required to accommodate the earth’s urban population by 2050 remains to be built (Circularity Gap Report, 2021). 

So how will we make sure that cities can meet our universal need for shelter within the limits of our planet? 

The urban built environment should be a ‘living’ system in which building materials and products are optimally used and reused, a system that operates within the boundaries of our planet, preserves the (business) value of its resources, and increases the number of valuable jobs and skills in a city. 

This guidance document is the fourth of a series of resources produced by the European Investment Bank and Circle Economy for the Circular City Centre (C3), a competence and resource centre that aims to support EU cities in their circular economy transition. It is a guide for cities on how to progress in their circular transition in the built environment, from establishing an enabling framework to implementing circular solutions.

Find out more about the Circular City Centre here.

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