Utrecht presents pro-sustainability action program “Utrecht Circular”
A city that runs entirely on renewable materials and waste used as raw material; that is the city that the municipality wants to be in the year 2050. We will not reach that circular city from today to tomorrow, but through a number of steps. The elaboration of the first step is described in the Utrecht Circular 2020-2023 action program manifest that the college sent to the city council on Friday.
“Utrecht wants to become a fully renewable city as quickly as possible to ensure that raw materials do not run out,” said alderman Klaas Verschuure. “Products, buildings and materials must be designed and made in such a way that we can easily use them again. For this, Utrecht offers companies that plan on doing business using more circular methods, a more suitable business climate.”
Building and purchasing in a circular fashion
Up to and including 2023, Utrecht is giving itself time to learn and innovate in a circular fashion. A number of priorities have been set for this period. It is important for a growing city to build sustainably. That is why Utrecht has selected twenty areas of development and projects where circularity should become a priority. The Merwedekanaalzone, Cartesiusdrihoek and the Cultuurvoorziening Berlijnplein belong to this selection.
In addition to boosting circular construction, the municipality itself is increasingly implementing circular methods of production in itself. For example, in 2023 the city wants to purchase at least a third of its products and services which have been produced sustainably. Waste collection is also being increasingly arranged to support a more circular industry.
Products, buildings and materials must be designed and made in such a way that we can easily use them againUtrecht Municipality alderman Klaas Verschuure
Attractive business and educational climate
Circular companies ensure a healthy and sustainable economy and employment atmosphere. Therefore, the development and maintenance of a circular mentality should be a company’s main priority before deciding to settle and do business in Utrecht. Finally, the municipality will be working more closely together with schools in Utrecht to educate students on the benefits of a circular economy.