Change and Sustainability

CICAT2025 takes policy perspective on catalysts of circular economy transition in urban development. We analyze urban strategies, sustainability action plans and urban regeneration through which circular economy principles are introduced into cities. We seek to increase understanding of alternative pathways for sustainability and how they support urban transition toward circular economy.

What do we mean by sustainable circular economy?

Sustainable circular economy (CE) means reducing the use of natural resources, closing material, energy and nutrition cycles, and retaining the value of products, materials and resources as long as possible. Sustainable CE is implemented in the actions of companies, cities, other organizations and citizens and the promotion of sustainable CE requires comprehensive collaboration across different societal levels.

When promoting sustainable CE, economic, social and ecological consequences for different stakeholders should be evaluated and considered currently and across generations, while staying within global environmental limits in the long term.

Why be a consumer when you can also be a participant and a developer?

Circular economy (CE) has only just made it into cities and the everyday lives of people. Urban residents may mistake the term for waste management, for recycling or mending of certain products, but......