Cities pioneering the circular economy

Faced with growing environmental challenges and the depletion of natural resources, more and more cities around the world are turning to the principles of the circular economy to rethink their urban development models. Far from being mere local experiments, some metropolises have even become real pioneers in this field, deploying ambitious strategies to transform their metabolisms in depth.

Rethinking linear urban models

The challenge for these cities is to break away from the traditional linear economic model of ‘extract, produce, consume, throw away’ that has prevailed for so long. A model that has become unsustainable at a time when resources are becoming increasingly scarce and waste is piling up.

By adopting a circular economy approach, these cities aim to close the production and consumption cycles by reducing waste at source, optimising the use of available resources and encouraging their reuse and recycling.

This transition is essential if we are to build cities that are more resilient, less dependent on imports of raw materials, and capable of adapting to future environmental and economic shocks.