Circular Montreal- Baseline Assessment

January 25, 2023

Montréal has set ambitious goals: becoming a zero waste city by 2030 and being carbon neutral by 2050. The Circular Economy can get them there. Even though the goals are ambitious and the challenges big, together the city’s efforts towards circularity have already borne positive effects—from numerous initiatives, new jobs and business models, to significant material savings and recovery—diverting thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill each year which prevents the emission of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents. 

To uncover how the city can upscale the positive impacts of the transition, Ville de Montréal worked together with Circle Economy on a Circle City Scan, a multi-stakeholder process designed to help cities identify contextually appropriate opportunities to foster a circular economy. 

Four sectors will be key: the Food system, Built environment, Textiles and Mobility. To guide these four sectors in the right direction, the Circle City Scan outlines eight potential circular actions, meant to guide and inform Ville de Montréal in the development of the City's first Circular Economy Roadmap. The City is ready to take action, but private, public, academic and civil actors in Montréal should join forces and activate a circular ecosystem to scale circularity together. 

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