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Design for a Circular Economy Primer

The Mayor has set out his vision of London transitioning to a circular economy in the draft London Plan and his Environment Strategy. The Design for a Circular Economy Primer has been written to help support organisations in the built environment sector understand how they can embed circular economy principles into their projects and design processes.

As part of the Mayor’s Good Growth by Design programme, our Regeneration, Environment and Planning teams have been working with the Mayor’s Design Advocates and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and others, to conduct a research inquiry, supporting the development of technical guidance for the draft London Plan policy SI7, ‘Reducing waste and supporting the circular economy’.

The Primer is a summary of the direction the technical guidance will take.

Author: Mayor of London

Publication date: October 2019

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Circular economy guidance for construction clients

Together with its members, UKGBC has produced a circular economy guidance for construction clients, which provides comprehensive practical guidance to support construction clients who want to ask for circular principles in their project briefs for non-domestic built assets.

Author: UK Green Building Council (UKGBC)

Publication date: April 2019

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Further information: www.ukgbc.org

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Circular Economy in Cities

As major engines for economic growth, cities can drive the circular economy agenda forward to unlock economic, environmental, and social benefits. Alongside Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate objectives, the transition to a circular economy will support city leaders as they deliver against their priorities, which include housing, mobility, and economic development.

The Circular Economy in Cities is a suite of resources for urban policymakers and change-makers.

Circular Economy in Cities focuses on opportunities in three key urban systems – buildings, mobility, and products – and looks at how city governments can work to enable a circular economy transition. The project addresses questions such as:

  • Vision: What will the implementation of circular economy principles in cities look like?
  • Factsheets: What benefits can a circular economy transition in key urban systems bring to cities?
  • Policy levers: What can urban policymakers do to accelerate this transition?
  • Case studies: What examples are there of urban policymakers already putting this into action?
  • Other networks & resourcesWhat are other organisations doing on the topic of circular economy and cities?

Author: Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Publication date: March 2019

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Clarion Housing Circular Economy Strategy

Clarion Housing’s Circular Economy Strategy for regeneration established three fundamental principles: building in layers, social value and the waste hierarchy, which emerged following extensive literature review, research into industry best practice and engagement with Clarion and the Merton Regeneration Project teams.

Author: Clarion Housing

Publication date: May 2018

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London Environment Strategy

The Mayor of London is taking a range of actions to improve the environment now, setting London on the path to create a better future.

The state of London’s environment affects everyone who lives in and visits the city – it helps Londoners to stay healthy, makes London a good place to work and keeps the city functioning from day to day.

In many ways London’s environment is improving, but it still faces a host of challenges. Toxic air, noise pollution, threats to our green spaces, and the adverse effects of climate change – they all pose major risks to the health and wellbeing of Londoners.

We need to act now to tackle the most urgent environmental challenges facing our city, as well as safeguard London’s environment over the longer term. We need to ensure that London is greener, cleaner and ready for the future.

This is the first strategy to bring together approaches to every aspect of London’s environment, integrating the following areas:

  • air quality
  • green infrastructure
  • climate change mitigation and energy
  • waste
  • adapting to climate change
  • ambient noise
  • low carbon circular economy

Author: Mayor of London

Publication date: May 2018

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Further information: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/london-environment-strategy

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London’s Circular Economy Route Map

This route map outlines a vision of a capital city thriving through the adoption of the principles of circular economy: an economy which keeps products, components and materials at their highest use and value at all times. It looks forward to an alternative to the current linear economy – defined as one in which we make, use and then dispose of products, components and materials – and it comes with significant benefits.

Author: LWARB

Publication date: June 2017

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