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The shift to a circular economy

European cities are becoming increasingly committed to the transition to a more circular economy, in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them while in use, and then recovering and regenerating materials at the end of each service life.

As the level of government closest to citizens, cities are well placed to raise awareness of sustainable consumption and stimulate new resource efficient business models.

City authorities play a crucial role in improving waste management and transforming waste into raw materials for European industry. European cities have experience in providing sustainable waste management as a service and are ready to use resource management further to maximise the benefits of the circular economy. Integrating resource efficiency measures with economic and social policies can stimulate local job creation.

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VIEWPOINT
Over the last few decades, cities have undergone major growth
The appetite for investing in climate action is growing. At
Local governments show consistently strong leadership in mitigating and coping
Beyond what several have tagged as pure ‘pomp and circumstance’
CITYBRIEF
Moscow has taken the top spot in PwC’s latest global
A central theme that flowed through this year’s edition was
Coming on the heels of terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Baghdad,
Leaders of London’s Assembly, including the mayor, will be pushing
The digital shifts taking place in the industry are front
A colleague of mine once said it makes more sense
It has been almost seven years since the City of
In the year 2007, humanity reached a remarkable milestone. For
IN FOCUS
Singapore has become the first city to let the public
Communities living along the backwaters of the port city of
London opened two of the lines on its underground railway
The Peruvian capital Lima is set to install a public
Cuenca has signed up to The Cities Footprint Project, a
A new mobility system that uses magnets to levitate pods
Transport for London (TfL) has signed a £15 million deal
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed a loan of
Steve Hoare spoke to the leaders of the European Commission’s flagship Opticities programme about taking control of urban mobility data away from Google
The Berlin House of Representatives has decided to blacklist investments
Providing more reliable and affordable energy in cities can help
The Jamaican National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is undertaking
Bright Blue, an independent think tank, has launched a campaign
Economic losses from climate-related disasters can only be reduced if
Rotterdam is to introduce the second phase of a Paper
Engineering firm, Arup, and the Rockefeller Foundation have launched a
WRI (World Resources Institute) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities has
Nick Michell spoke to John Trujillo, Public Works Director, City of Phoenix, about the city’s efforts to become more resource efficient and move towards a circular economy
Dubai is working with the UN agency, the International Telecommunication
The US Department of Transportation announced Columbus, Ohio as the
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has released a guide on
Ericsson has named Stockholm as the top-ranking city in the
The global accommodation-sharing site, Airbnb, has formed a new advisory
A new toolkit has been released by Results for America,
In partnership with Vodafone, the Swedish technology company will deploy
The first meeting of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities
Jonathan Andrews spoke to Anil Menon, Global President of Smart+Connected Cities, Cisco, during the New Cities Summit in Montreal about his thoughts on PPPs, using cities as urban labs, and the importance of startups
COVER STORY
The concept of smart cities has been evolving for over
It is little wonder that the result of the UK’s referendum on European Union membership has got mayors and city managers worrying about funding given the size of the sums they have received from Europe, writes Steve Hoare
Jonathan Andrews and Richard Forster asked a select panel of cities to explain the management structure of their smart city programmes, the impact of data and analytics, and whether or not cities should license their own intellectual property
INTERVIEW
The Intelligent Community Forum named Montreal as Intelligent Community of the Year 2016. Jonathan Andrews met with Denis Coderre, the mayor, to discuss his ambitious plans to make the city one of the smartest in the world
SPECIAL FOCUS
Celebrating a milestone birthday is always an exciting moment. It’s
What have been some of the highlights of EUROCITIES’ 30-year
EUROCITIES is established by six founding cities: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt,
Today EUROCITIES brings together the local governments of over 130 of Europe’s largest cities and 40 partner cities, but at its formation the network consisted of just six forward thinking cities. Nick Michell spoke to the leaders of the founding cities–Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam–about the origins of the network, its successes and the future
EUROCITIES connects smarter cities around the EU by bringing together
Steve Hoare asks Peter Staelens of EUROCITIES to outline the mobility team’s most successful projects
Ambitious objectives towards a more circular economy can only be achieved if production methods are changed
ON THE RECORD
What is Sister Cities International and how did you get
CUTTING EDGE
Cities are at the forefront of experiencing the effects of climate change but are perfectly positioned to have the most influence on preventing and negating these effects. Nick Michell looks at how the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, through it Zero Emissions Cities project, is striving to develop an approach to get cities onto a zero-emissions pathway
REGULARS
PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT: City of San Antonio, Merced Housing Texas, University
SPONSORED STATEMENT
The city of Laâyoune’s technology centre will be in Foum
The Italian ropeway manufacturer, LEITNER ropeways, brings into operation the
Director of Smart City Expo World Congress
Cities are incredibly complex organisms that consist of a large
I’ve just seen Edinburgh deliver its annual August programme of
Greece has been on the frontline of the migrant crisis
Although Utrecht is as old as its Roman foundations, its
Rotterdam is moving towards a new economy. We speak to the deputy mayor about how his city is changing and the ‘next economy’ roadmap
Belfast today is full of ambition, optimism and–above all–energy. Our
The President of the Metropolis of Greater Nancy, André Rossinot, champions the alliance of territories in a spirit of intellectual effervescence
The bank is embracing the UN’s New Urban Agenda. As highlighted here from a quintet of projects from Africa and Latin America, it has been doing so for some time