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The Nexus between Circular Economy and Climate Change Mitigation Policies in Small and Medium-sized Dutch Cities

Mungo, C.V.C. (2017) The Nexus between Circular Economy and Climate Change Mitigation Policies in Small and Medium-sized Dutch Cities.

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Abstract:In the wake of resource depletion, inefficient resource use and prediction of worse climate change impacts, cities present a viable platform to adopt local solutions for global challenges. The climate change policy challenge for cities presents a two-way struggle due to its inseparable nature in achieving climate change protection and development simultaneously. The indicated issues have been the core focus among researchers and policy makers in large and mega-cities. However, similar attention has not been paid to small and medium-sized cities which are still in the verge of growing with a great potential of developing in a resilient manner. The introduction and development of circular economy concepts in cities such as recycling/reusing waste, closing the material cycle and use of renewable technologies and processes often align with climate change mitigation goals. Albeit this, there is minimal evidence of the application of circularity practices and strategies in climate change mitigation policies in the context of urban development in small and medium-sized cities. This could be attributed to the experimental nature of adopting circular economy concepts in addition to its inadequate placement within the borders of urban sustainability, in comparison to the dominating business-focused narrative. The main question that this research addresses is ‘What are the crucial success factors for circular small and medium-sized Dutch cities in relation to climate change mitigation strategies?
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77506
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