Cities and regions play a fundamental role in the transition from a linear to a circular economy. They are responsible for crucial policies in local public services such as transport, solid waste, water and energy that affect citizens’ well-being, economic growth and environmental quality. Although there is well-established literature on measuring the circular economy and its implications, most monitoring frameworks focus mainly on measuring materials and waste production. The multi-dimensional aspect of circular economy makes it necessary to identify new targets and indicators.
If future circular economy policies were supported only by macro indicators on materials, waste and recycling, we will see the risk of not directing the course of economy within planetary and social boundaries. Cities and regions are already taking important steps to make the link with the possible impacts on people, planet and society, by analyzing carbon footprint of material flows and linking circular economy strategies with localization of SDGs.
How can monitoring frameworks support local policy making to enhance environmental and social impacts of circular economy? How to measure circular economy actions that can be taken at local level to decrease the EU carbon footprint and significantly reduce the risks linked to climate change?
ACR+, Zero waste Scotland, EEB, ICLEI, Climate-KIC, Circular Regions and the ECESP invite you on 17 November to this #EUCircularTalks to discuss the implications of measuring circular economy actions in Cities and Regions.
10:00 – Opening remarks
- Florian Marin, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, EESC
- European Environmental Bureau, EEB
10:10 – Panel 1: the circular economy for climate neutrality
- DG ENV, (tbc)
- Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland
- ICLEI, (tbc)
10:50 – Panel 2: Policies and governance of circular local and regional transitions
- Carolina Innella, ENEA – National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development
- Cynthia Reynolds, Circular Regions
- Cristian Matti, Climate KIC
11:30 closing remarks