Circle Cities Program

Creating value from the start by designing cities of the future

About the initiative


The Circle Cities Programme is a global platform through which cities, regions and local businesses can make the transition towards the circular economy. By joining the programme, members gain access to Circle Economy’s tools, knowledge and support to implement practical and scalable circular solutions.

Why cities?

Approximately 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and 70% is expected to live in cities by 2050. This increasing urbanisation is sparking the need for more jobs, housing, transportation, energy, water, and food, which is leading to increased consumption and ultimately increased amounts of waste and greenhouse gas emissions. These pressures make cities an ideal hotbed and key inflection point for innovation and change.

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The circular economy provides solutions for many environmental, economic and geopolitical challenges that cities worldwide are facing. As it continues to gain exposure at the political, social and commercial level, future-proofing cities is the next step in creating sustainable solutions for our planet’s future.

Through the on the ground, circular solutions that we provide to our members they can identify where they can make the most impact in terms of:


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Implementing practical and scalable strategies

Together with universities and research organisations we acquire knowledge on this vast and complex topic. Our city, region and local business members then play a role in putting this knowledge into practice. With help from our like-minded, sister organisations we guide our members to develop actionable, implementation plans to achieve the circular economy through tangible results.