The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on cities and regions and their companies and inhabitants. A survey conducted in Flanders shows that 98% of organisations experienced shortages during the crisis. The good news is that circular strategies work as a vaccine: this high rate could be reduced to 34% for "circular" companies!
The key success factors of a circular economy appear to be the same as those that make a company or a city more resilient to shocks: local & connected, creativity and cooperation.
Part of the 18th european week of regions and cities, october 2020
Jamie Butterworth, Partner at Circularity Capital, Circularity Capital, United Kingdom.
Perrine Collin, Coordinator Region of Brussels, Region of Brussels, Belgium.
Marina De Bie, Alderman of Sustainability, climate and education, City of Mechelen, City of Mechelen, Belgium.
Eveline Jonkhoff, Programme Manager Circular Amsterdam, City of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Emily Rogers, Co Founder, Reath, United Kingdom.
Oriana Romana, Head of Unit Water Governance and Circular Economy, OECD, France.
Håkon Sandven Jentoft, Coordinator Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy, City of Oslo, Norway.
Hannes Van Gansen, representator citizens initiative, citizen, Belgium.
The crisis exposed the weak points in the dominant linear model and showed how local availability of resources can become critical to the health of a whole population. But this crisis also demonstrated the creativity and solidarity of citizens, companies and policymakers.
In this workshop we look at how cities and regions invested in a circular economic system and how this has made them more resilient during the crisis.
Being the government level closest to citizens, cities can have a huge impact and can be the “trend setters” with profound impact on consumption and other behavioural habits. As such, cities have many opportunities to develop circular models and make this a systemic change in terms of the way they govern. The current uncertain times create an opportunity for a real transformation.