Regional development

The Circular Economy in Cities and Regions


Transitioning to a circular economy is key for a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable future.

What's the issue?

Today, cities demand almost two-thirds of global energy, produce up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions and 50% of global waste. The circular economy can provide a policy response to cope with the above challenges, as a driver for economic growth, jobs and environmental quality.  

Cities and regions have a key role to play as promoters, facilitators and enablers of circular economy. Adequate economic and governance conditions should be in place to unlock its potential.

What can the OECD offer?

The OECD Programme on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions supports cities and regions in their transition towards a circular economy, through:

  • Measuring: developing an indicator framework for decision making and evaluation of circular economy strategies
  • Learning: engaging multi-level dialogues in cities and regions to identify challenges and opportunities
  • Sharing: favouring peer-to-peer learning, best practice and lessons from international experience


Download the flyer of the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions here

Download the brochure of the last OECD Roundtable on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions here 

A conceptual framework for circular economy in cities and regions








(The Netherlands)




(United Kingdom)











For further information, please contact Oriana Romano - Head of Unit – OECD Water Governance and Circular Economy 

Communications and Articles