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Circle City Scan Tool

Updated on 19.09.2023

The Circle City Scan Tool is the start of an open access online environment that supports cities to gain practical insights into how to navigate towards a circular economy. The tool helps local governments learn about circular opportunities for their city or region and how to prioritise these opportunities. It is an easy-to-use, step-by-step, fact-based, analytical tool.

Author: Circle Economy
Year of update: 2021

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This tool enables city decision-makers to:

  • measure circular economy performance and identify areas of opportunity;
  • explore and learn from the most relevant global projects and policies;
  • establish online and real-world collaboration between stakeholders (in development); and
  • implement local circular economy initiatives (in development).

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

The Circle City Scan Tool serves as a practical, step-by-step guide for cities and relevant local stakeholders working towards developing and implementing practical and scalable circular solutions to accelerate their city's transition to a circular economy.

In time, it will also be accompanied by a community platform to promote exploration, comparison and learning between different cities. This interactive tool is designed to accompany a collaborative innovation process between stakeholders.

Overall, this approach allows users to better identify highly relevant solutions for their local context and connect to the right stakeholders to implement circular economy projects.

How to use this tool or method

The tool guides users through a ‘scan journey’, allowing them to determine their focus and explore recommended opportunities alongside case studies from comparable cities around the world. On this journey, the user is walked through five steps: prepare data; set focus; explore opportunities; plan action; and report.

The tool covers multiple sectors and value chains. It can be used by consultants working for and with the municipalities and guides them towards selecting a relevant opportunity for their context.

It allows the user to form an action plan that takes into account the integration of multiple stakeholders in the implementation of these opportunities.

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Territories involved

large 500 000-200 000, medium 200 000-50 000, and small cities 50 000-5 000

predominantly urban regions, intermediate and predominantly rural regions, refer to TERCET typology NUTS 3 region