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.
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
Measured, quantitative outcomes / project impact
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