Circular Economy and Climate Coalition

Circular economy provides essential support for climate-friendly strategies by minimizing the use of materials, water and energy consumption

Entities part of the Coalition

Pilot committee :

CCRE/CEMR, ACR+, Orée

Contributors :

Context :

Circular economy aims at closing the loop of resources and reducing the environmental impact of the product life cycle at all stages of the process (production, distribution, consumption), thus replacing the traditional model of economic growth (understood as a linear economy: resource extraction / product making / waste disposal). Circular economy will provide essential support to climate friendly strategies by minimising materials, water and energy consumption, GHG emissions and ensuring that these resources are continually cycling through the economy. In practice, circular economy will contribute to reduce the need of extracting virgin resources (e.g. via the extension of products lifetime and efficiency, as well as their shared use, reuse and recycling), to develop short cycles and cascading inside value chains (therefore minimising impacts related to transport), as well as to create a positive dynamic involving all participants of the value chain or/and of a territory, generating new business and job opportunities. Thus, the matter is how to act for the implementation of “climate-responsible” economic and social models, decoupling growth from the consumption of raw materials and the increase of GHG emissions.

A successful implementation of circular economy implies contribution from all stakeholders active in the chain (e.g. product designers, resource extractors, producers, distributors, consumers, collectors of end-of-life products and used water, recyclers, etc). In addition, actors that can have a direct influence or be directly impacted by the circular economy strategy should also be involved (e.g. residents in the concerned area, local authorities in charge of proper implementation, trade unions, academic establishments, financial institutions, etc.). Therefore, non-state actors must be largely involved in the process and share the governance of circular economy strategies development and implementation, in order to contribute to the co-creation of eco-innovative actions based on synergy and complementarity, and eventually maximise the contribution of the circular economy to addressing the climate challenge. These non-state actors must cooperate with governments so that front-running organisations can support decision makers/enforcers to engage all stakeholders in taking action on circular economy.

Governance :

In 2016 the Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+), the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), both representing local governments decided to join forces with the French OREE association to work together to create a new international coalition on climate dedicated to circular economy, as one of the Climate Chance thematic coalitions.

These three organisations are the coalition’s co-pilots, leading the coalition and liaising with various stakeholders representing a wide range of non-state actors involved in implementing a circular economy.

Roadmap :

Contact

circular.economy@climate-chance.org