A Framework for Implementing and Tracking Circular Economy in Cities: The Case of Porto

Circular economy (CE) is an emerging concept that contrasts the linear economic system. This concept is particularly relevant for cities, currently hosting approximately 50% of the world’s population. Research gaps in the analysis and implementation of circular economy in cities are a significant barrier to its implementation. This paper presents a multi-sectorial and macro-meso level framework to monitor (and set goals for) circular economy implementation in cities. Based on literature and case studies, it encompasses CE key concepts, such as flexibility, modularity, and transparency. It is structured to include all sectors in which circular economy could be adopted in a city. The framework is then tested in Porto, Portugal, monitoring the circularity of the city and considering its different sectors.

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This post is based on the DEEDS deliverable D6.3. This article was authored by Francesco Fuso Nerini and António Cavaleiro de Ferreira, KTH-dESA. The full article is available here.

This post was written by Anna Skowron, World Future Council . For more information about DEEDS please visit our website.

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