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The City Council joins the Circular Economy, a new model of more sustainable, responsible and efficient management (13/08/2019)

Murcia will be a more responsible, sustainable and efficient municipality.

This was highlighted today by the Councilor for Urban Agenda and Open Government, Mercedes Bernabé, in the presentation of the start of work for the preparation of the Circular Economy Strategy of the municipality of Murcia.

The responsible has advanced the commitment of the session to carry out a more sustainable management of its resources, “because cities are jointly responsible for the environmental impacts and the high consumption of natural resources generated by the linear economic model and, therefore, must play an essential role in the transition to a circular economic model. ”

In this way, the City Council begins through a participatory process the work for the implementation of its Circular Economy strategy, framed the Murcia 2030 Strategy and in the implementation of the 2030 Urban Agenda.

Together with the Councilor for Urban Agenda and Open Government, those responsible for the departments involved in the strategy have also been present: Rebeca Pérez, Councilor for Sustainable Mobility and Youth, José Guillén, Urban Development and Modernization of the Administration, and Antonio Navarro, Councilor for Sustainable Development and Huerta.

"From the government team and within the framework of the Murcia 2030 Strategy, we consider it necessary to develop a local circular economy plan that ensures the quality of life in cities and makes them an attractive place to live," said the Councilor for Urban Agenda .

The Circular Economy is an economic concept whose objective is that the value of products, materials, services, waste and resources (water, energy, etc.) remain in the economy for as long as possible, as well as minimize waste generation.

Specifically, the strategic axes of the Plan will include a total of 29 measures, structured in five large areas related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): minimization of the use of natural resources;

water consumption management;

sustainability of urban spaces;

healthy spaces and behaviors;

and mainstreaming policies.

The Councilor for Urban Agenda explains that this Municipal Action Plan includes the collection of practical ideas that may be useful, and may or may not be adopted by the City Council depending on its specificities.

Participatory process

The Circular Economy Strategy of Murcia will be developed through a participatory process that will be carried out simultaneously and framed in the elaboration of the Murcia 2030 Strategy and the implementation of the 2030 Urban Agenda.

The first step will be to know the state of the Circular Economy at the local level.

“For this, a draft will be carried out in which the activity of the different municipal services will be identified and analyzed in relation to the strategic axes of circularity or that are related to this economic model,” explains the councilor.

The diagnosis must provide sufficient information to detect the priority areas of action.

It will be necessary to know the main waste streams (domestic, agricultural, industrial, etc.), as well as environmental and economic problems (urban disturbances, greenhouse gas emissions, non-optimized flows and transportation costs).

The existence of small deposits of high value-added waste (electrical, plastic, out-of-use vehicles ...), as well as large local consumers of recycled raw materials or recovery products and under what conditions they would be able to supply locally will also be some of the matters discussed.

The next step will be to present this draft to the Social Council of the city in Plenary, where your collaboration will be requested to make new contributions and work in the following phases.

With the contributions collected, a final conclusions document will be prepared.

Finally, the plan will go to the public consultation phase through personal-based surveys and an online questionnaire.

Previous jobs

The City of Murcia is a pioneer at European level in a series of EU-funded projects in the field of Circular Economy.

For example, the Valuewaste Project focused on the revaluation of the organic fraction of urban waste.

This project brings together 17 partners from six countries and has a budget of more than 10 million euros.

It began in November 2018 and is scheduled to culminate in November 2022.

The City Loops Project initiative also stands out (From February 2019 to February 2023), which consists in facilitating the transition to a Circular Economy regarding waste from construction and demolition.

This project brings together 23 partners from 12 countries and has a budget of 11 million euros.

Objectives aligned in the 2030 Urban Agenda

The European Commission pointed out in 2015 that the Circular Economy would need to be developed in each State, at the regional level and also at the local level, within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.

Following these instructions, the Government of Spain has developed its 'Spain Circular 2030' strategy;

The Community of Murcia has launched the 2016-2020 Murcia Region Waste Plan and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) approved in 2018 the Local Circular Economy Strategy.

The latter provides local governments with their own tool to address the challenges of a new, more sustainable and efficient production model.

This strategy includes policies and actions by way of practical recommendations addressed to local entities to facilitate the adoption and implementation of the principles of the Circular Economy.

“In this regard, from the Department of Urban Agenda, in response to the commitments made for the implementation of the SDGs at the local level and the Urban Agenda 2030, we began work to develop the Circular Economy Strategy as an essential framework to facilitate and promote the transition to the circular economy model, ”says Councilwoman Mercedes Bernabé.

Remember that Murcia, along with A Coruña, have been selected by the Ministry of Development as good national practice for the implementation of the Urban Agenda at the local level.

“This means that our practice and doing well will serve as a frame of reference for the rest of Spanish cities,” explains the head of the Urban Agenda.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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