Cécile Faraud explains the key points of the circular economy and how it affects not only the economy of the city, but also its policies and behaviors. She is the former Leader of the Circular Economy Projects of Peterborough City Council (UK) through its DNA smart city program. The city of Peterborough won the 2015 Smart City Expo World Congress Awards in the City Category thanks to its work on DNA Circular Economy Project.
To Cécile, one of the main ways to become a smart city is being a circular city. The key question is: how do we ensure that we are out of the system where we take, make, use and discard, to actually reuse the waste and reinject it to the economy? As she expains, we must look at circular economy under 4 perspectives: the life of the product, how to redesign them, how to transition towards a more circular economy business products and defining the policies that enable this kind of activities.
A circular city is the one that makes the most of its resources. The main idea is to connect the economic aspect, creating a new pattern of growth, while creating social impact and value being sustainable and responsible. If we all contribute with our little bit regarding waste reduction, we can achive something bigger.