Municipalities from Amsterdam to Peterborough are mapping out how firms can work together to share resources
Cities are increasingly looking to adopt circular economy models, encouraged by collaborative platforms such as Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Cities Network, Circle Economy’s Circle Cities programme and Fira Barcelona’s Circular Cities event, which debuted last year.
Glasgow and Amsterdam are among those undertaking circular scans to map the scale of opportunity, while London has unveiled funding mechanisms to stimulate circular business models. But how might businesses need to adapt inside a circular city?
One city that doing a lot of circular engagement work with businesses is Peterborough. Last December, Peterborough City Council, in partnership with Opportunity Peterborough, launched what is thought to be the UK’s first business-to-business resource-sharing platform to be developed by a city, Share Peterborough.
The platform allows Peterborough businesses to share resources that they either no longer need or do not fully utilise, such as products and equipment, skills and expertise, spaces and facilities. Members include Coca-Cola European Partners, Skanska, Queensgate Shopping Centre and Peterborough Greyhounds Stadium.
“The platform aims to contribute to achieving Peterborough’s Circular City ambitions by improving resource-use efficiency and minimising waste in the city. We’ve already had more than 74 listings and 10 transactions, including the sharing of conference spaces, exhibition...