Amsterdam, Copenhagen and London have agreed to collaborate on projects to accelerate the circular economy (CE).
The intention of the capital cities to work together was disussed at a Circular Cities and Government conference in London.
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) will kick off the collaboration by working with officers from Amsterdam and Copenhagen to develop a project around the improved capture of plastics.
In the future it is hoped that the work will spread to other CE projects where there is a joint interest.
Matthew Pencharz, deputy mayor of London for environment and energy, said, “London, along with Amsterdam and Copenhagen, is at the forefront of the CE, and this partnership will help to develop sustainable projects that will boost the capital’s thriving green economy.”
Abdeluheb Choho, Amsterdam’s deputy mayor for sustainability, said “With the city growing, we are looking to implement smart solutions. We already have great projects concerning a CE and are eager to make the transition to a larger scale.
“We would like to collaborate with London and Copenhagen as front-running cities and share knowledge and successful practices.”
LWARB launched its ‘Towards a Circular Economy’ route map, commissioned by mayor Boris Johnson, in December, with an initial focus on the built environment, electricals, textiles, food and plastics, due to their high environmental impact, retained financial value and potential for reuse.
The mayor also asked the GLA to review its procurement policies in line with CE principles to help stimulate more CE solutions in the capital.
Sustainability consultancy Amec Foster Wheeler (AFW) was awarded a contract by LWARB in November 2015 to provide technical support for the route map.
AFW media relations manager Achilleas Georgiou told MRW the consultancy is “engaged with a number of stakeholders from the public and private sector to look at the potential for policy options and practical intervention, as well as documenting the good practice that is already out there”.