The European Circular Cities Declaration was developed by a broad partnership of European stakeholders, including cities, international organisations, think tanks, financial institutions, technical experts, and regional collaboration partnerships.
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 100+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.
Circle Economy is a non-profit impact organisation that works alongside businesses, cities and governments to identify and prioritise opportunities to make the transition to the circular economy. Since 2015 Circle Economy has taken cities across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa on a guided circular economy innovation process called the City Scan to help kickstart their circular journey. Using visualised city data and curated stakeholder engagements, the City Scan builds a common understanding of the circular economy and how it relates to the city, and aligns the efforts of local actors toward achieving impact.
Circular Flanders is the hub and the inspiration for the Flemish circular economy. It is a partnership of governments, companies, civil society, and the knowledge community that will take action together.
Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production
The Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) is an international non-profit Think and Do tank that works with businesses, policy makers, partner organisations and civil society towards a good life. Cities and Infrastructure is one of the CSCP’s main topics, with a special focus on supporting cities, municipalities, and local actors in the transition to circular economy in a participatory and inclusive way.
ECERA is a voluntary collaboration network between European RTOs, with the aim to strengthen and integrate scientific knowledge and expertise in the field of circular economy from an interdisciplinary perspective. ECERA founding members are: Tecnalia (ES), VTT (FI), VITO (BE), Wuppertal (DE), IVL (SE), ENEA (IT), IETU (PL), SINTEF (NO), TNO (NL).
European Committee of the Regions
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the European Union's assembly of regional and local representatives from all 27 Member States. Created in 1994 following the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, its mission is to involve regional and local authorities in the EU's decision-making process and to inform them about EU policies. The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission consult the Committee in policy areas affecting regions and cities. To sit on the European Committee of the Regions, all of its 329 members and 329 alternates must either hold an electoral mandate or be politically accountable to an elected assembly in their home regions and cities. Click here to read the CoR's political priorities for 2020-2025.
European Investment Bank
The European Investment Bank is the lending arm of the European Union. It is the biggest multilateral financial institution in the world and one of the largest providers of climate finance. The EIB focuses their lending and advisory on the following areas: climate; environment; innovation and skills; infrastructure; small and medium-sized enterprises; cohesion, and development.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Ellen MacArthur Foundation's mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. They develop and promote the idea of a circular economy. They work with, and inspire, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.
Eurocities is the network of 190 cities in 39 countries, representing 130 million people. Through joint work, knowledge-sharing and coordinated Europe-wide activity, Eurocities ensures that cities and their people are heard in Europe.
London Waste and Recycling Board
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is a partnership of the Mayor of London and the London boroughs to improve waste and resource management. The city’s economic and environmental future depends on our transitioning to a low-carbon circular economy. LWARB works to ensure that London’s businesses, local government and communities thrive by helping them make the very best use of resources and materials.
Metabolic's mission is to tackle global sustainability challenges and accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The team specialises in systems transformation methodologies and science-based approaches, working across sectors to build collective intelligence with governments, businesses, and nonprofits, globally.
Metabolism of Cities
Metabolism of Cities is a non-profit collective that facilitates a global network of people working together on systemically reducing net environmental impacts of cities and territories in a socially just manner and context-specific way. Ultimately, this is achieved by creating and sharing urban metabolism (i.e. the study of urban resource stocks and flows) knowledge as well as accelerating its implementation in policy and practice.
UN Environment Programme
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority. UNEP sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the UN system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. As custodian of SDG 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Secretariat of the One Planet Network, UNEP has been working on various facets of circularity and related topics for decades notably on public procurement, life cycle analysis, circular economy jobs in cities, urban metabolism, building supply chains, food systems, sustainable lifestyles, and consumer information.
In 2017, five utility companies from Maribor established the WCYCLE Institute for circular economy. It serves as a platform for cross-sector project development and for the exchange of knowledge and good practices at local, regional and international level. Subsequently, the City Council approved a city circular economy strategy prepared by WCYCLE.