Creating the circular and climate neutral city
Do you want to join circular frontrunners in creating thriving, climate neutral cities where we make the most of our resources, and waste is designed out? Cities where businesses, citizens, and local communities work together to create new opportunities through circular business and collaboration models.
The Circular Climate Neutral Cities Challenge is made possible through collaboration between the City of Copenhagen, the Glasgow City Council, the Danish Business Authority, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and is facilitated by the Danish Design Centre and Leaderlab.
In February 2021, we announce an international innovation challenge open to all innovators around the world to bring on their practical and innovative solutions. Emerging technologies and innovative digital and data-driven solutions, tools and services within circular economy are particularly of interest.
Before the announcement in February we are open for input and expressions of interest from innovators, organisations, and cities who want to help support this mission. Read more and submit your input below.
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We are opening for Expression of Interest for the Circular Climate Neutral Cities Challenge
Use the 'Submit idea' button to send us your input. Please also read more below under 'What input are we looking for?'.
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What input are we looking for?
Before the announcement in February we are open for input and expressions of interest from innovators, organisations, and cities who want to help support this mission:
- Do you know of any innovators or organisations that could be relevant for this challenge? Please include contact name within the organisation if available.
- Are you aware of any opportunities or barriers of specific importance in using digital tools and technologies to shape circular, climate neutral cities?
- Are you as a city or organisation looking to engage in the partnership?
Use the 'Submit Idea' button further up on the page to send us your input.
You are welcome to send us your expression of interest until January 31st, 2021, but we will be following up on ideas and partnering proposals as they come in, so get in contact as soon as possible.
Please note: The open call for innovators will begin mid-February 2021.
The transition to climate neutral cities
The transition to a circular economy is key for cities in reaching carbon neutrality and a sustainable future in line with the Paris Agreement and the UN global goals. A transition that will help us build better, more sustainable, more resilient and inclusive cities out of the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
Already today, more than half of the world's population lives in densely populated areas in cities, reaching 68% by 2050. The world's cities emit 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, from the consumption of goods, transport and buildings, and cities account for 50% of global waste production.
The radical changes needed towards thriving, carbon neutral cities in a world of rapid urbanisation, will not come without adoption of recirculation of resources and materials, new circular business and collaboration models, and new ways of empowering communities to achieve this. To accelerate this transition emerging technologies and digital solutions are key.
The innovation challenge partnership
The challenge is based on the outcomes of the 2019 C40 World Mayors Summit workshop ‘Building a climate neutral circular city’, and the analysis and opportunities presented in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation report ‘Completing the Picture’.
The Circular Climate Neutral Cities Challenge is made possible through collaboration between the City of Copenhagen, the Glasgow City Council, the Danish Business Authority, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and is facilitated by the Danish Design Centre and Leaderlab
If you have any questions on the challenge partnership, please contact Markus Bjerre, [email protected], Danish Business Authority.