Circular City Berlin – Steps from potential to implementation

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To a large extent, our business practices are based on a linear economy (‘take-make-waste’) rather than on closing loops. The coronavirus crisis as a combined health and economic crisis has shown how extremely fragile our diversified economic system is with its focus on short-term efficiency. One solution is the circular economy. Regional economic and resource cycles in particular are important for sustainability, because local and regional circular added value is more sustainable, increases the resilience of societies in times of crisis and promotes social justice and inclusiveness.

Making urban resource flows sustainable in the long term

The “Circular City Berlin” project analyses and promotes innovative approaches to the circular economy in various sectors of Berlin. With the growth of the metropolis of Berlin, as well as urban densification and increased economic prosperity, the long-term sustainability of urban resource flows is increasingly coming into focus. 

In addition to new technologies, new business models and resource-saving forms of consumption and use are also relevant. What is needed is a broadly based vision for a Circular City that brings together stakeholders from different economic sectors, policy areas and decision-making levels.

Transformation roadmaps for different fields of innovation

In order to increase circular capacities in Berlin, the transdisciplinary project aims to support start-ups as well as small and medium-sized enterprises in implementing circular innovations and business models and establishing them more broadly. Existing, market-ready services are to be better synchronized with private and public demand. Taking into account the policy framework on circular economy and climate neutrality as well as existing public procurement legislation, the project supports urban stakeholders and develops transformation roadmaps for different fields of innovation. The overall project goal is to drive Berlin’s social and environmental transformation and establish Berlin as a flagship for shaping sustainable urban and municipal regions in Germany and Europe.

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