The objective of the present study is to clarify, at least in part, the emerging concept of “circular city”. To this end, a profound analysis is undertaken of the cases of three European cities, Amsterdam, Glasgow and Peterborough, which, through their strategic development plans, are engaged in the implementation of a circular economy (CE) urban model. From the three cases analysed it can be concluded that the CE plans developed are linked to a greater or lesser degree to other initiatives of a local and/or national nature. Furthermore, the need to define pilot projects to learn from them and, later, escalate and repeat them, can be observed. Similarly, the importance of a high degree of collaboration among the various economic, social and political agents which form part of the respective local economies is clear. Lastly, the article concludes that in the three circular city plans there continues to exist the need to develop an appropriate model of tracking and monitoring of the advance in the measures adopted, to evaluate the degree of success of such programmes.
Key words: Circular economy, city, urban environment, transition, sustainability, climate change.
RODRÍGUEZ-COELLO, Mª DELIOMA Universidad de Alcalá (UAH).
CARRILLO-HERMOSILLA, JAVIER. Universidad de Alcalá (UAH).