Circular City Berlin

The economic crisis early in the corona pandemic showed how fragile our economic system and its global supply chains are. The circular economy is a way out. Since local and regional circular value creation conserves resources it is more sustainable. At the same time, it increases the resilience of societies in times of crisis. The project "Circular City Berlin" analyses and supports innovative approaches to the circular economy in different sectors of Berlin. Emerging business models, for example, are geared towards producing durable, repairable products or constructing buildings from recycled materials. Given the growth of the Berlin metropolis as well as urban densification and increased economic prosperity, long-term sustainable design of urban resource flows is coming into greater focus.
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Circular City Berlin – Steps from potential to implementation
2020
Der Regierende Bürgermeister, Senatskanzlei – Wissenschaft und Forschung Berlin

Ecologic Institut
Öko-Institut

Overview

The Corona crisis as a combined health and economic crisis has shown how highly fragile our differentiated economic system, which is geared towards short-term efficiency, is. The circular economy offers a way out. In particular, regional economy and resource cycles are essential for future sustainability, as local and regional circular value creation is more sustainable, increases the resilience of societies in times of crisis and strengthens social justice and inclusivity.

The project "Circular City Berlin" analyses and supports innovative approaches to the circular economy in different sectors of Berlin. Given the growth of the Berlin metropolis as well as urban densification and increased economic prosperity, the long-term sustainable design of urban resource flows is increasingly coming into focus.

The project takes place within the framework of the joint project "Knowledge. Transformation. Berlin: Transdisciplinary Research for a Social and Ecological Metropolis" of the research network Ecornet Berlin and is carried out with the financial support of the Governing Mayor, Senate Chancellery - Science and Research Berlin.

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