Programme Manager 
Line Bech

Circular Economy & Resources

The world’s 7.7 billion people use far more resources each year than the globe can reproduce. If everyone lived and consumed like we do in Denmark, we would need four whole planets. Today, Denmark is one of the countries in the EU that produces the most waste. And almost half of our climate impact comes from our products and materials.

Together, we must create a waste-free society and move from incineration to reusing and recycling. We must design our products so that they last longer and are easier to disassemble and repair and we need to consume smarter, too. We need a circular transformation, but this will require systemic changes, new forms of collaboration throughout the value chain and new business models. Here, municipalities and regions play a crucial role in partnerships with companies and knowledge partners.

Municipalities are building up experience with the circular economy. This is done, for example, in circular procurement, industrial symbiosis, the bio-economy, circular construction and the sharing economy. These efforts have the potential to be further developed, consolidated and scaled.

Here are a number of concrete actions that, together, show how the partnership will create a breakthrough for the circular economy in Denmark over the next 1000 days.