Urban and peri-urban activities contribute to climate change, resource use and waste generation. In parallel, these areas provide cradles of innovation, socio-economic transformation and opportunities for creating sustainable and circular ecosystems and economic growth. Boosting circularity in cities and regions is a policy response to address systemic crises and the transition to a green recovery. The Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI) is part of the Circular Economy Action Plan and will implement circular solutions at the local scale to help deliver on the EU Green Deal.
Many cities and regions aim to increase circularity in their economic sectors, value chains and services. However, delivering concrete solutions is hard, and best practices must be demonstrated and replicable. The session aims to inform participants about the CCRI scheme, which offers possibilities for cities and regions, ranging from knowledge-sharing and technical expertise to financial opportunities, and it will provide insights and experiences from the local perspective.