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Circular City Actions Framework: Bringing the circular economy to every city

Updated on 19.09.2023

Circle Economy, ICLEI, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Metabolic have combined their expertise to create the Circular City Actions Framework, which unpacks the circular economy concept at the local level. This publication is a product of Circle Lab for Cities, a programme assisting cities by using online and offline tools to support circular planning and implementation.

Author: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

The Circular City Actions Framework provides urban changemakers with five complementary ‘R’ strategies that they can use to start working towards a more circular system: rethink, regenerate, reduce, reuse and recover.

The framework is action based to provide users with concrete, strategic direction and showcase the desired outcomes of each strategy. The proposed strategies can be used as inspiration for the design and adoption of Circular Systemic Solutions and their specific elements.

How to use this tool or method

The framework’s five ‘R’ strategies allow cities to map existing public, private and community initiatives in their jurisdiction. The framework is presented in the format of a table, which can be used as a template to list initiatives that contribute to different strategies and identify gaps in collaboration with local stakeholders.