The Circular Turku roadmap is unique in its approach:

The roadmap takes a systemic perspective to identify interventions that span the different roles a city can play in the circular economy transition using ICLEI´s Circular City Actions Framework and applying it to 5 thematic areas: Food, construction, mobility, energy, water.

It is the first circular economy roadmap to consider social equity by including a social risk assessment for each of the planned interventions.

In the city’s bottom-up approach, over 200+ stakeholders from local businesses to research institutions, public companies and national and regional actors, were involved in consultations to define the circular economy interventions included in the Circular Turku roadmap.

This roadmap was prepared in cooperation between the City of Turku, the University of Turku, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku Science Park Oy, the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Southwest Finland (ELY Centre), the Regional Council of Southwest Finland, the Service Centre for Sustainable Development and Energy of Southwest Finland (Valonia), the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.

The roadmap’s five priority topics 

Circular Turku Roadmap, by Circular Turku

The roadmap centers on five priority topics. The selected topics have high potential to promote systemic shifts toward a resource wise society through circular economy solutions. The priority topics were chosen on the basis of an analysis carried out by the Circular Turku project steering group in fall 2019. Ten preselected themes were screened according to various assessment criteria, including environmental and socio-economic impacts, level of action and readiness of regional actors, level of agency of Turku and other governance aspects, and scaling potential of future interventions both in Finland and globally.

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Watch the presentation of the Circular Turku Roadmap from here.