Circle Cities Dashboard

Predicting and measuring employment opportunities in circular cities

The circular economy is a concept for a restorative economic system. It allows for economic growth within the earth’s boundaries by closing (raw) material loops. This moves concept replaces the linear system in which raw materials are taken from the earth, manufactured and are incinerated, discarded or used as landfill a few years later.

Implementing the circular economy is as much about people as it is about resources and sustainability

Moving to a circular economy means a shift in the way we think, make and act. It requires a systematic approach and has effects on how business models, governance, law, logistics, housing, agriculture, etc. are organised and structured.

The circular economy is a system in which

  1. Materials streams are efficiently managed and recycled;
  2. Run entirely on the basis of renewable energy;
  3. Our actions do not cause negative effects on human life and ecosystems.

Circle Economy is developing method to measure the impact of circular economy. Measurability helps authorities, companies and people to identify practical and circular solutions. Circle Economy is developing a dashboard that enables cities to determine the level of circularity and to communicate that in a certain region. The Circle Cities Dashboard stimulates other regions to learn circular strategies and to share experiences to get a higher circularity score.

Several studies suggest that a circular economy will largely result in more employment globally. We assume that this is true, however we first want to understand exactly how the circular economy affects the labor market. For this reason, Circle Economy and Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation of the Erasmus University Rotterdam are collaborating to accurately measure the relation between circular economy and employment. The aim of this study is to come with recommendations on how companies and authorities can stimulate circular jobs in the near future.

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Circular Cities Program

Circle Cities Dashboard

The Circle Cities Dashboard helps users to understand the circularity of their city and lets them discover how different circular strategies improve the quality of life for local people. Specifically, the project focuses on the impact of circularity on employment and translating that impact to an online dashboard.

Circle Cities Program

The Cities program helps cities all over the world to identify and implement opportunities for circularity. The program provides cities with a phased plan towards circularity to promote of the quality of life of their citizens and to havea positive impact on the environment. In 2016 Circle Economy will measure the impact on employment in at least one city and generate real-life feedback on these measurements.

Measuring Circular Jobs

The hypothesis is that a circular economy creates jobs. However, more research is needed to understand what a ‘circular job’ is and in which sectors they will arise. Perhaps there are specific capabilities employees need? Measuring employment is the goal of this project. Circle Economy is collaborating closely with the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Knowledge into Action

When more is known about employment in a circular city, this project will work together with cities, companies, national governments and social organisations to make sure that this knowledge is utilized. The aim is to not only support citizens in acquiringthe appropriate skills, but to also show businesses the benefits of a circular economy.