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Circular Turku: Regional Collaboration for Resource Wisdom

Circular Turku
What we are doing

The current linear economy relies on intensive resource extraction where the majority of materials are wasted after a single use. This generates huge amounts of emissions, destroys ecosystems and threatens the long-term availability of key resources. The Circular Turku project aims to design a regional roadmap to operationalize circularity in the Turku region with the support of local stakeholders and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and to equip local governments around the world with tools and methodologies to design their own circular transitions.

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How we are tracking

Participation of regional stakeholders in co-design activities Political buy-in within the city on circular economy activities Integration of the project's recommendation into the new city strategy (2021) Interest of other local governments into the collaborative methodologies used in Turku

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What we are achieving

Through Circular Turku, ICLEI is: 1) Supporting the identification of circular economy interventions across 5 priority sectors (food, water, buildings and construction, energy, transport and logistics) through multi-stakeholder engagement and international knowledge transfer 2) Informing the design of residents and businesses engagement campaigns to facilitate the uptake of Circular Turku by local communities 3) Developing a framework and advocacy strategy for Turku and peer cities to integrate circular economy interventions and considerations into its climate planning 4) Designing a tool to embed social equity into the Circular Turku roadmap to ensure each interventions outlined in the roadmap is inclusive 5) Identifying best practices and learnings from Turku for international dissemination

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Related ICLEI Pathways
  • Circular development
  • Equitable and people-centered development
  • Low emission development
Related SDGs

City of Turku, Finland Futures Research Center, Valonia – Service Centre for Sustainable Development and Energy of Southwest Finland,

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Related publications

Circular Turku: A blueprint for local governments to kick start the circular economy transition
Towards carbon neutral circular economies at the regional level
Circular Turku: A Roadmap Toward Resource Wisdom
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