Circle Lab for Cities

Enabling circular economy solutions for every city

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About Circle Lab for Cities

The Circle Lab for Cities program supports cities worldwide to take the next step in their circular journey through online and offline tools that support circular development planning and implementation at the local level.

Through the Circle Lab for Cities program, cities can explore circular solutions implemented by their peers, scan their urban metabolism, and act to advance their transition to a circular economy in priority sectors.

The program is funded by the MAVA Foundation and implemented by Circle Economy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Metabolic, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

“With this program, we are launching a digital platform for cities that offers knowledge, actionable insights and tools to support the implementation of practical circular economy solutions, helping them achieve their sustainability goals. This digital platform will continuously evolve and offer updated content and new features as more cities engage with it. We welcome user feedback so we can continuously develop content and release features based on cities’ specific needs.”

– Ivonne Bojoh, Head of Digital, Circle Economy

The Circle Lab for Cities program aims to provide each city with the right instruments to take the next step in their circular development journey. As a global network, we aim to develop tools with local governments, to ensure that they address practical needs and are adaptable to different local contexts. This is why we will be testing all tools with network cities from 5 world regions.

– Sunandan Tiwari, Director of Global Implementation, ICLEI

More about the program

  • Why engage with the Circle Lab for Cities program?

    For cities, a circular economy offers great benefits, ranging from reduced greenhouse gas emissions, lower waste management costs, to new livelihood opportunities and local value creation.
    Yet planning for the circular economy at the local level is a complex process, bringing together different sectors and addressing impacts beyond jurisdictions and city departments. As a local government, it can be difficult to know how to apply circular economy principles to different value chains, beyond waste management. The lack of material and waste data available makes it difficult for cities to set a baseline to prioritize action and monitor progress.
    As a result, developing a strategy or policies around city-wide circular economy solutions often requires consultants or substantial city staff capacity, which outprices a lot of cities.
    The Circle Lab for Cities program offers a hands-on, cost-effective process for local governments and stakeholders to boost their efforts toward a circular economy. The program tools are co-created by consortium partners to provide value to local governments along their circular economy journey. The tools will be tested by local governments across five world regions to ensure they address practical needs and are adaptable to different local contexts.

    These tools will provide users with:

    • A framework to understand how the circular economy translates at the local level based on best practices from cities worldwide
    • Support in selecting priority sectors based on material, greenhouse gas and employment data
    • Guidance in identifying circular economy interventions relevant to their jurisdiction
    • Access to a platform to facilitate city-business collaboration on selected interventions
  • Who is the Circle Lab for Cities program for?

    The Circle Lab for Cities program is designed to bring circular economy tools to local governments.

    If you work for or with a city government, you can participate in the Circle Lab for Cities program to help your city take the next step towards a circular economy.

    If you are a changemaker looking to foster a circular economy in your community, the Circle Lab for Cities program has some tools to offer.

  • What is unique about the Circle Lab for Cities program?

    The Circle Lab for Cities program brings you a unique combination of cutting edge tools and expertise from the world’s leading circular economy organizations. Each partner organization brings years of experience supporting cities on the path to circular development.
    Through the Circle Lab for Cities program, cities can learn from the experience of a diverse network of local and regional governments, all working towards the same goal but in different local contexts. This diversity can inspire innovative and tailored circular solutions for cities at all stages of their circular development journey.
    All Circle Lab for Cities program tools will be tested by local governments across five world regions to ensure they address practical needs and are adaptable to different local contexts.
    As the leading experts on circular development at the local level, the Circle Lab for Cities program partners speak the language of city practitioners and can help find the right circular solution for every challenge.