The cities of Amsterdam, Copenhagen and London have agreed to collaborate on projects to accelerate the circular economy.
A circular economy can stimulate innovation in areas like product design, re-use and manufacturing to keep products and materials in use for as long as possible and retain their value.
Each of these capital cities is keen to collaborate on practical projects, as well as share information and experience in the development and delivery of circular economy action plans.
Abdeluheb Choho, Deputy Mayor Sustainability, City of Amsterdam, said: “In a densely populated country like the Netherlands we think carefully about the logistics of our resources. With the city growing we are looking to implement smart solutions”
It is a theme which will be discussed in more detail at the ‘Circular cities and government’ conference taking place at City Hall on Friday 4 March, at which representatives from both the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and the GLA will be speaking.
The collaboration will be kicked off by LWARB and the GLA working with officers from Amsterdam and Copenhagen to develop a project around the improved capture of plastics. In the future it is hoped that the work will spread to other circular economy projects where there is a joint interest.
Matthew Pencharz, Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy said: “London, along with Amsterdam and Copenhagen, is at the forefront of the circular economy and this partnership will help develop sustainable projects that will boost the capital’s thriving green economy.”
Abdeluheb Choho, Deputy Mayor Sustainability, City of Amsterdam, said: “In a densely populated country like the Netherlands we think carefully about the logistics of our resources. With the city growing we are looking to implement smart solutions. We already have great projects concerning a circular economy, and are eager to make the transition to a larger scale.
“We would like to collaborate with London and Copenhagen as front running cities and share knowledge and successful practices.”
Morten Kabell, Mayor for Technical and Environmental Affairs said: “We have got to rethink the way we live. Sustainability and green economy are key words for the evolution in Copenhagen and I’m sure that the collaboration with London and Amsterdam will be a guarantee for progress on circular economy.”