As part of our circular economy month, ahead of the EUROCITIES Conference 2017, we put a few questions to Håkon Jentoft, Senior Executive Officer, Agency for Waste Management, Oslo.
1. Oslo is the coordinator of the circular economy urban partnership and also won the 2019 European green capital award. How would you describe Oslo’s commitment and recent action in the area of circular economy?
The City of Oslo engagement in Circular Economy is based on a long term development of environmental policy within the city. Oslo has high ambition’s to reduce CO2 emissions and to create a carbon neutral city with a target of 50% reduction by 2020, and 95% by 2030. Combined with our ambition for better resource management of waste, creating a strategy to reduce material consumption, and using public procurement to create greener enterprises, this will form a basic platform for a comprehensive strategy towards a circular city.
2. What role do you see cities like Oslo playing in implementing the circular economy?
Cities like Oslo have to take the lead in the transformation of cities towards a circular economy. Together with other green cities, we can develop a pathway for how cities can become circular.
3. What were the key drivers (opportunities and challenges) of Oslo’s circular ambition?
We want to reduce our environmental footprint, both in resources and climate. And on the way, we want to create a better environment for our citizens.
4. Where do you feel cities need the greatest assistance in order to achieve their circular goals?
To influence the way industry designs and produces products, and to promote the reuse and recyclability of goods when they are produced and consumed. This has to be done both at member state and EU level.
5. What advice can you give to cities that are beginning to prioritise this area?
Start with your existing environmental policy, for instance waste management or reduction of CO2 emissions. Use information from the EU Commission, other EUROCITIES members or the EU Partnership on Circular Economy to inspire you and to include new politics in a strategy on Circular Economy.
EUROCITIES is currently a circular economy month to share examples of circular transition from across our network. We are posting articles, interviews, social media cards and other items in the build up to the EUROCITIES conference in Ljubljana. Follow the conversation on Twitter via #circulareconomy and #EUROCITIES2017 and find out more at http://eurocities2017.eu/