Tallinn pioneers circular economy for sustainable city growth


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has welcomed Tallinn’s plans to move towards a circular economy.

City authorities headed by Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart noted that the city recently founded its Circular Economy Department to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Tallinn stressed the importance of the transition for reaching its environmental targets, creating jobs and stimulating innovation, among other.

The move will help the city to become carbon neutral by 2050, as set out in the Tallinn 2035 Development Strategy and the Tallinn Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan 2030.

The OECD noted that, according to projections, continued rise of global population will put pressure on natural resources, which will require more efficient production and consumption models.

More than 55% of the world population will live in cities by 2050, with cities currently accounting for nearly two thirds of global energy demand, consuming around 70% of food and releasing roughly 70% of greenhouse gas emissions.

The OECD noted that circular economy focuses on minimising pollution and waste by optimising the use of materials and products.

The body stressed that the transition to circular economy requires a new approach to planning economic activities and construction of new infrastructure to support new value chains.

It concluded that the transition to a circular economy increases competitiveness, lowers energy consumption and improves sustainability, among other.