Striving to achieve socio-economic progress for their constituents, cities consume 75% of global resources and are responsible for half of all waste produced. Many of these resources are finite, even renewable resources depend on balanced, planetary cycles for regeneration and replenishment. Materials management – extraction, processing, transportation, disposal – is responsible for over 50% of all GHG emissions.
Circular development offers an opportunity to rethink how resources are managed to avoid the generation of waste and reduce demand for new resources. It aims to close material loops and maximize the value derived from resources by examining the whole value chain (source, conversion, consumption, recoversion and disposal) and applying the following hierarchy where applicable: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover.
Our Programs, Resources, & Tools
ICLEI’s programs bridge private and public collaboration, reduce environmental impacts through sustainable consumption and production, and manage supply chain emissions in local government operations.
ICLEI works closely with its members to identify opportunities for private sector investment in low-carbon and climate-resilient urban development and governance projects. Contact Us to discuss our Circular Economy offerings.