A circular economy aims to redefine growth by balancing economic development with environmental protection. Under a circular economy framework, materials and resources are reused in a virtuous cycle that rebuilds natural capital, restores the value of used resources, and reduces pollution and waste. Effective conceptualization and implementation of the circular economy at the city level must be systemic, gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy, the circular model also generates cost savings from reduced resource use and emissions and promotes inclusive and equitable local job creation.
Building Materials and the Climate: Constructing a New Future
Published by UNEP, this report highlights the need to develop new models for decarbonizing building materials, if the world is to reach its goals for net zero emissions from the built environment sector by the mid-century.
Best Practices and Lessons Learnt: Asunción, Paraguay
These three reports showcase sustainable and innovative approaches to tackling issues of urban mobility, waste management and ecosystem conservation in Asunción, Paraguay.
Food Waste Index Report
This report presents a methodology to measure food waste and provides guidance for leaders to create resilient food systems.
Laying the Foundations of a Circular Construction Industry
This case study shows how one Finnish city reduced building and construction emissions with innovative circular economy strategies using local materials.
Growing in Circles
This report identifies ways for cities to transition to a circular economy to increase resource efficiency and address climate change.