The recent Circular Cities declaration announced REFLOW as one of the “projects that are paving the way forward for more circular cities and regions across the EU” during the Mannheim 2020 conference. The Mannheim 2020 conference gathers mayors, local government practitioners, civil society, urban stakeholders, business, national governments and European institutions to help transform Europe for a secure and sustainable future.
The Circular Cities Declaration is a commitment document from cities and regions to use the levers at our disposal coherently across the organisation to transition from a linear to a circular economy. The declaration states that:
Signing the Circular Cities Declaration offers many benefits to cities and regions. Signatories will become part of a powerful, unified group of cities that will help raise awareness of the long-term political, societal, environmental and financial benefits of the circular economy, and contribute to the development of a supportive political framework.
Other benefits include:
Other projects City Loops, CIRCuIT, Pop-Machina, BIOVOICES, Circular Public Procurement and PlastiCircle were also mentioned as research and innovation projects working towards seeking partnerships, innovative solutions and sharing resources. These projects and mentions reflect how we are building strong foundations for sustainable resource usage and a resilient future using Europe as a key stakeholder leading the journey.