The cities’ role in the circular transition
"To speed up the circular transition and unlock important economic, environmental, and social benefits, cities will need to try new things and pioneer new collaborations that reimagine how we produce, consume and manage resources. We hope the actions taken by this ambitious group of Danish municipalities will offer invaluable insight and a pathway for other cities around the world to follow"
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Design thinking as a catalysator
The two-year-long innovation-driven project allows the municipalities to work systematically and in practice with local circular challenges, collaborate with companies, research environments, and citizens, and have close contact with the five other cities.
The municipalities can make their local challenges and action plan their starting point and help scope the process. For example, they can work with challenges from their climate action plan.
Based on design and matchmaking with the right actors and partners, the courses meet the cities’ need for a more systemic, cross-sectoral, and holistic approach to the circular transition.
The process focuses on:
- Increasing collaboration and development across areas of responsibility
- Strengthening competencies and knowledge of systems thinking and circular solution models
- Ensuring political anchoring of knowledge via a follow-up group for politicians from the participating municipalities
- Creating and testing specific circular solutions together with industry, business, research, and civil society
- Supporting inter-municipal cooperation, where sparring and knowledge sharing between cities about circular solutions and systemic development, takes place in a ‘community’ of ambitious municipalities
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