Green Circular Cities Coalition

A long-term platform connecting cities and stakeholders to accelerate the transition towards circular economy.

With the global economy currently being only 9% circular, it has been estimated that circular economy measures could cut 33% of greenhouse gas emissions embedded in productions and serve as a key lever in bridging the 1.5ºC emissions gap – the toughest target of the Paris Agreement. However, the potential of circular economy approaches and material-related consumption and production has often been overlooked.

ICLEI has identified Circular Development as one of its five integrated pathways toward sustainable urban development and promotes sustainable urban ecosystems where material loops are closed, and the value of resources is efficiently maximized by applying the circular approach – Redesign, Reuse, Repair, Remanufacture, Recycle and Recover. 

To support local governments in strengthening their joint efforts in fostering transitions towards low carbon and circular development, providing social benefits while respecting ecological boundaries, ICLEI launched the Green Circular Cities Coalition in 2019, presenting a platform to connect cities, experts, businesses, and relevant stakeholders to shift the mindset from “waste management” towards “resource management”, reduce waste, and increase circularity via experiences exchange and mutual learning.

Stay In The Loop
  • Strengthen connections and cooperations regarding the urban circular economy transition between cities across the world, and synergize the potential in achieving the SDGs;
  • Support cities in analyzing their circularity, acting on being circular, and accelerating and up-scaling the circular transition;
  • Bridge local governments with experts, businesses, and relevant stakeholders to shift the mindset from “waste management” towards “resource management”;
  • Assist Coalition cities to showcase their achievements by actively participating in regional and global events, and producing publications.

Thematic Areas

  • Spatial Planning and Governance Mapping the urban metabolism with urban spatial planning to identify cities’ potentials and opportunities and to reflect on local policies and decisions.
  • Circular Public Procurement Mainstreaming the circular approach in the process of public procurement to close material loops with the support of ICLEI's intensive experience in Green Public Procurement
  • Industrial Symbiosis / Circular Industrial Park Facilitating local governments to enhance the collaboration between individual companies on resources and by-products exchange with the consideration of both physically and virtually geographical proximity.
  • Municipal Resource Management Identifying municipal waste stream, minimizing the generation of waste, recovering waste into resources, and maximizing the demand for secondary materials within cities.
  • Building and Construction Mainstreaming the circular approach and life cycle assessment in local governments’ building code regulation, and synergizing with ICLEI’s expertise in Building Efficiency Accelerator and GreenClimate Cities to retain the value of building materials as much as possible in the urban system.
  • Water-Food-Energy Nexus Implementing a systematic process to link and close the loops between food-water-energy, and applying nature-based solutions to regenerate Green Circular Cities with natural features.
  • Annual Forum
    International summit for the Coalition cities and partners to exchange insights, demonstrate progress, co-create solutions, and secure political commitments.
  • Capacity Building and Awareness Raising
    Regular workshop for the Coalition cities to exchange thoughts, identify challenges and barriers, and brainstorm for possible solutions.
  • City-to-City Learning and Exchange
    Overseas study tours and field trips for the Coalition cities to strengthen peer learning, and to develop a better understanding of advanced practices from experiences on the ground.
  • Best Practices Collection and Analysis
    As the Coalition Secretariat, ICLEI East Asia will collect, analyze and disseminate best practices of local implementation from all over the world.


For more information,

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79098 Freiburg, Germany
Brussels Office
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1040 Bruxelles
Africa secretariat
Physical address:
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Century City
Cape Town
South Africa
Postal address:
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South Africa
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Toronto, Ontario
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Denver, Colorado
USA 80202
Mexico, Central American and Caribbean Secretariat
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South America
South American Secretariat
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São Paulo / SP - Brazil
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South Asia
South Asia Secretariat
Ground Floor, NSIC-STP Complex NSIC Bhawan, Okhla Industrial Estate New Delhi – 110020, India
east asia
East Asia Secretariat
14/F, Seoul Global Center Building, 38 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea (110-110)
ICLEI East Asia Secretariat
Japan Office
1-14-2 Nishi-Shimbashi,
Tokyo, Japan 105-0003
Korea Office
(16429) 3F, Suwon Research Institute,
126, Suin-ro, Gwonseon-gu, Suwon-si,
Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
southeast asia
Southeast Asia Secretariat
c/o The Manila Observatory Ateneo de Manila University Campus Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1101 Manila, Philippines
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