Cities Forum 2017
 

Circular Economy

"Cities’ influence on Circular Economy – consumption and governance"

Focus

The main focus of the workshop will be on the themes of circular consumption and governance. During this session the current state of play of the Partnership will be presented as well as the steps leading to the preparation of the Action Plan. Participants will be asked to consider how they can contribute to the preparation, implementation and communication of the Action Plan.

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For more information on the Circular Economy Partnership, please click here

Draft programme

10:30 - 11:00: 

Welcome coffee

11:00 - 11:15: Welcome word of the coordinator – what is the Urban Agenda and the partnership on circular economy, Siri Bellika, Project assistant Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy
11:15 - 11:45:Strategy for reduction of consumption – example from the City of Oslo, Cecilie Hirsch, City of Oslo
11:45 - 12:15:Bottlenecks and proposed actions from the partnership on circular economy, Siri Bellika, Project assistant Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy
12:15 - 13:00:Round table discussion
      • Examples from participants on city initiatives for reduction of consumption
      • Bottlenecks for cities’ involvement in reduction of consumption
      • Feedback on the initiatives of the partnership on bottlenecks and proposed actions
13:00 - 14:00:Lunch including site visit of the BlueCity010 premises
14:00 - 14:30:Circular city governance context and identified bottlenecks and proposed actions, Jonas Byström, EIB
14:30 - 16:00:
Round table discussion
      • Examples from participants on city initiatives for governance
      • Bottlenecks for cities involvement in governance
      • Feedback on the initiatives of the partnership on bottlenecks and proposed actions
16:00: Closure and leave to the ship

















Location

Blue City010: Maasboulevard 100, Rotterdam

BlueCity010 is an ecosystem where entrepreneurs in circular production combine their business cases to connect to each other and to operate entirely demonstrably. BlueCity010 focuses on the “blue economy”: a system whereby the waste of one person is a raw material for another.
RotterZwam grows mushrooms on coffee waste and algae grow on residual heat and residual CO2 of these mushrooms. Alpha Enzymes sees opportunities to make bio plastics from coffee grounds. There will be a town bee-keeper who supplies the furniture maker of beeswax. In addition, there will be a vertical herb and vegetable garden which is provided with the worm compost and organic waste from the building and the neighbourhood.

BlueCity010 focuses its sights currently on location at the Tropicana. This former subtropical pool in Rotterdam is ideally suited to show how an existing building, which has lost its function, need not be demolished, but can be reused by entrepreneurs. That means 12000 m2 concrete innovation, demonstration, sustainability and production.

Background information on the Partnership of Circular Economy

Members of the Partnership

  • Cities: Oslo (Coordinator), The Hague, Porto, Prato, Kaunas, Flanders Region);
  • Member States: Finland, Poland, Slovenia, Greece;
  • Stakeholders: Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), European Investment Bank (EIB); Eurocities, URBACT;
  • European Commission: DG REGIO (Coordinator), DG ENV, DG CLIMA, DG RTD, DG GROW.

The Circular Economy Partnership aims to increase the re-use, repair, refurbishment and recycling of existing materials and products to promote new growth and job opportunities. In order to do so, the Partnership focuses on a wide range of themes, notably Urban resource management; Circular business enablers and drivers; Circular consumption and Governance.

The partnership has met on four occasions already, in Brussels, Helsinki and The Hague. The partnership has finalised its scoping stage and is in the preparatory stage of its Action Plan.

Please click here to access the background paper