CityLoops makes progress
9 Jun 2020
From 2-4 June, the CityLoops consortium held its first General Assembly since the project kicked off in Roskilde (Denmark) last October. In the past few months, Apeldoorn, Bodø, Mikkeli, Porto, Seville, Høje-Taastrup and Roskilde have been preparing and developing tools aimed at implementing circular economy actions in two waste streams – Construction and Demolition waste (CDW) and Biowaste. They have also identified the sites where these tools – varying from flow tracking tools to material databanks and from valorisation decision tools to awareness raising campaigns – will be tested. Most of these tools are on track to see a finalised first version by the end of the year. While, due to COVID-19, some of the tools aimed at the tourism industry may be delayed, CityLoops remains committed to start the demonstration actions next year.
CityLoops is also developing a series of support actions that will help the seven CityLoops cities develop, implement and evaluate the tools and demonstration actions. Following a series of workshops with the cities, as well as a literature review, CityLoops partner NRI has created a first draft of of circular indicators that could be used to measure the success of circular actions. Rijkswaterstaat has identified the key areas – strategic support, market engagement and operational support on tenders - where its circular procurement support will be most valuable. Metabolism of Cities proposed that looking at urban material flows in industries rather then sectors will be more valuable for creating an urban circularity asssessment. Finally, the CityLoops partners have taken the first steps in defining a circular city and a circular economy.