”Our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities”

- Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

  Why is circular cities important? 

Cities are the center of human activity. By 2050, 68 per cent of the world's population is expected to live in cities. This rapid growth can aggregate serious social challenges; from unemployment and inequality, to pollution and climate change. Therefore, effective governance of cities is crucial for the global scale. Today, only 9 per cent of the world's resources are circular. As a result cities is placed in a dangerous position to widen the global circular gap. Seeing that 70 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emission comes from cities. 


It doesn’t stop at that, 75 per cent of the world’s resources are used in cities, thus they face many modern environmental challenges. Simultaneous, cities can also be seen as an crucial force for economic growth in the world, considering that they produce around 70 per cent of the globale resources. This indicates that it is necessary to find solutions that determine how we can use resources and materials more efficiently in cities. 


That’s why we must create circular cities.




Circular Norway offers programmes that will help regions, municipalities and businesses to adjust to a circular economy.

City scan

City scan Kongsvinger

City scan Kongsvinger is up-and- running.

Are you connected to a city-, business - or like-minded organizations and wish to learn more about how you can play a key role in a circular future?  


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