More circularity, less carbon!

Reducing carbon emissions linked with local resource management


Publication date

April 15, 2021

What better way to celebrate the recent partnership between Energy Cities and the Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+) than promoting their brilliant campaign “More Circularity, Less Carbon”?

You have heard about the great potential of circular economy to mitigate the impact of products, by preventing waste generation, extending the lifetime of products, and closing the loops of materials. However, what action can be taken at local level, to decrease the EU carbon footprint and significantly reduce the risks linked to climate change?

With “More Circularity, Less Carbon” ACR+ is supporting their members to implement ambitious but feasible actions in different sectors (food, construction, textiles, electronic and electrical equipment, plastic) with the aim to reduce the emissions linked with local resource management by 25% by 2025.

Each territory has its own specificities, depending on the current practices, consumption patterns, and local context. That is why, each local and regional government participating, is supported by ACR+ to:

  • assess the local carbon impact of the sectors and identify the ones with higher carbon-reduction potential;
  • develop local action plans;
  • implement the actions and monitor the impact.

Thanks to a new measurement tool called “Carbon Metric International” the participating cities and regions will be able to get a complete picture of the carbon impacts of products, allowing decision makers to prioritise their efforts for maximum carbon savings.

The campaign started in November 2019 and will finish in November 2025. ACR+ has recently published the analysis done for the Pays de la Loire Region (France) presenting two different strategies the Region could use to achieve the 25% emission reduction objective in their territory. Genoa (Italy) and Brussels (Belgium) are also among the participating cities and received their analysis earlier this year.

Find out more on ACR+ website