City of Oulu has sig­ned the Euro­pean Circu­lar Cities Decla­ra­tion among the first cities in Euro­pe

By sig­ning the Euro­pean Circu­lar Cities Decla­ra­tion the city of Oulu is com­mit­ted to acce­le­ra­te the tran­si­tion to a circu­lar eco­no­my toget­her with major Euro­pean cities. The Decla­ra­tion was launc­hed at the 9th Euro­pean Con­fe­rence on Sus­tai­nable Cities & Towns on the 1st of Octo­ber 2020.

Cities and regions sig­ning the decla­ra­tion are com­mit­ted to fos­ter the circu­lar eco­no­my and sup­port each other on the way towards a sus­tai­nable futu­re. The decla­ra­tion high­lights the need of acce­le­ra­ting the tran­si­tion from a linear to a circu­lar eco­no­my that leads to a resource-efficient, low-car­bon and social­ly res­pon­sible socie­ty.

The city of Oulu has publis­hed a new envi­ron­men­tal pro­gram­me in which the circu­lar eco­no­my plays a sig­ni­ficant role. As part of the pro­gram­me, a road­map for the circu­lar eco­no­my will be pre­pa­red by the end of 2020, which will inclu­de acti­vi­ties that are to be imple­men­ted during 2021–2026.

“Cities are res­pon­sible for, for example, zoning and orga­ni­sing of urban mobi­li­ty and was­te mana­ge­ment, which means that they have a key role in the tran­si­tion towards a more sus­tai­nable futu­re. We also want to be acti­ve and proac­ti­ve in pro­jects that crea­te know-how, busi­ness and networks that pro­mo­te the circu­lar eco­no­my,” says Päi­vi Laa­ja­la, the May­or of Oulu.

The sig­na­to­ry cities will form a strong col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve network. Other Euro­pean cities that have sig­ned the Euro­pean Circu­lar Cities Decla­ra­tion inclu­de Tira­na (Alba­nia), Pra­gue (Czech Republic), Copen­ha­gen (Den­mark), Oslo (Norway), Ljubl­ja­na (Slo­ve­nia), Sevil­le (Spain) and Mal­mö (Swe­den). The Fin­nish cities of Hel­sin­ki, Lap­peen­ran­ta, Tam­pe­re and Tur­ku have also sig­ned the decla­ra­tion.

For furt­her infor­ma­tion:

Synt­he­sis Report: The Circu­lar Eco­no­my in Cities and Regions

Satu Pie­to­la, Envi­ron­men­tal Specia­list,, 040 620 2767