A global approach

Circular Turku is implemented in close partnership with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

The Mayor of Turku, Minna Arve, serves as the Vice-President of Global Portfolio Holder for Circular Development within the governance of the ICLEI network. As such, Turku plays a global role in supporting circular economy approaches in cities. 

The city of Turku aims to inspire circular change across the world through its involvement in

  • ICLEI Circulars: The city participates in the dialogues and peer learnings organized by ICLEI Circulars, the first global platform for circular cities.  
  • The European Circular Cities Declaration: The European Circular Cities Declaration is designed to help accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economy in Europe, and thereby create a resource-efficient, low-carbon and socially responsible society. 
  • IURC – International Urban and Regional Cooperation: Together with Japanese cities Obuse Town and Nagano City, Turku is sharing best practices in sustainability and circular economy work.
Tree planting in Turku, by Turku Energia