Umeå is one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe with a young, progressive and environmentally-friendly population. That has contribtued to it becoming a Smart City Lighthouse dedicated to growing in a sustainable manner, a pioneer in integrating gender equality in urban planning; and a recent signatory to the European Circular Cities Declaration showing its commitment to remaining a sustainability frontrunner and using all the levers at its disposal to accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economy. By 2050, the city expects to reach a population of 200.000 inhabitants (130.000 today), which demands a successful integration of environmental, social and economic planning to maintain the high quality of life, the natural beauty and the thriving economy.
About ICLEI Circulars
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.
Circular Development is one of the five strategic pathways of ICLEI providing guidance for sustainable urban development. ICLEI Circulars platform gathers the latest knowledge on circular economy interventions at local and regional government levels around the world, provides materials for awareness raising, offers capacity building and implementation support on circular development actions and policies, shares inspiring stories from the leading cities and facilitates peer-to-peer exchange.
ICLEI Circulars is managed by the Circular Development Team at the World Secretariat (Bonn) in close collaboration with the ICLEI Regional Offices around the world.