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OECD Roundtable: How a circular economy can improve urban life

On 4 July, the first OECD Roundtable on the circular economy is set to take place in Paris. Friederike Lauruschkus will be there to represent civity and will contribute her extensive knowledge of the circular economy and the water sector.

Due to urbanisation and demographic change, cities are consuming most of the world’s energy while producing disproportionate amounts of greenhouse gas emissions and waste. One way to counteract this is to promote the circular economy. As a driver of economic growth, employment and environmental quality, this economy can serve as the political answer to the challenges outlined above.

In order to achieve the planned climate targets, cities and regions must be involved and supported as promoters, mediators and enablers of the circular economy. This also means creating appropriate economic and political conditions to exploit the existing potential.

In addition to exchanging knowledge on initiatives in conjunction with the circular economy, the aim of the event is to advise cities and regions. A consultation mechanism is to be set up with an indicator framework that supports the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies for the circular economy. Ongoing OECD case studies from Groningen (Netherlands), Umeå (Sweden), Valladolid and Granada (Spain) are to serve as a basis for discussion.