Under the Lead of the City of Freiburg the project partners formed these key principles that show what actions are needed to promote circular economy.
Every key principle starts with a verb, a word of activity. Only actions show that an institution is on its way of transition towards circular economy.
And all words and wills mean nothing, if you do not spend money accordingly. Key No 9, support research, innovation and qualification, and key No 11, invest in infrastructure express your spending behaviour on circular economy. And because financial incentives are also strong for your target groups, key No 10 helps, too.
To lead by example, key No 5, is very important. It means to start to change within your own institution as a forerunner, instead of asking others for change, while you stay in the same old way.
Key No 2, strive towards the UNO sustainable development goals with special focus on sustainable consumption and production (SDG No.12) and climate action (SDG No 13) gives you a guiding line and as a big platform lots of ideas for activities.
Networking, key No 3, and key No 4, multi-sector cooperation mean together we become stronger and we learn from others.
Key No 12, monitor and measure the flows of material, waste and energy and close the loops as locally as possible. Part one can be assumed to be standard at every business involved in the process. Digitalisation helps a lot in sharing the data. And for the second part, “out of sight out of mind” behaviour is over. Trash that is shipped globally across the oceans is not the ideal vision of circular economy, but to avoid trash on your own ground.
The key No 6, educate the public, applies to institutions like municipalities, who have an educational mission like in schools and towards their citizens well-being. NGO´s and businesses may as well have an educational mission.
Key No 7, promote circular products, and key No 8, promote sustainable consumption patterns are part of the core of circular economy, the lifecycle of products and the amount of products overall and the avoidance of waste. Repairing and Re-use help to extend the lifespan of a product, sharing helps to reduce big amounts of little-used products. Recycling at last is meanwhile state of the art for material recovery.
Key No 1 last not least, implement circular economy principles into local policies, sums it all up: what is important must become a headline in every policy you have.
Readers, who say, yes, our institution is on this path and already follows some of these principles, please contact Greencycle for your signature on this manifesto at:
Susanne.email@example.com or our Italian partner firstname.lastname@example.org
Department for local waste management
City of Freiburg