What was done?
To develop the strategy, it was necessary to first identify the key elements and assets of the city, while considering the most important economic sectors. Then, a benchmark report of other European cities embarking on the circular journey was done to extract meaningful insights potentially useful for Mataró It was also important to elaborate a governance model to determine how the strategy will be managed and executed on a politician, technical and citizen level. . To polish the strategy, multiple interviews with key stakeholders were crucial, mainly with public administration employees, but also with companies and knowledge centers, so as to validate and align the approach, the circular vision, aspirations, courses of action and proposals of circular projects. A Material Flow Analysis (MFA) was also carried out to trace how key resources such as water, energy, products, materials or waste, flow across the city’s economy. This analysis resulted in a compilation of multiple macro indicators, through which it will be possible to monitor the progress. Additionally, a circular vision was outlined to help conceive the future we want for Mataró. Finally, a map of aspirations was created for the six sectorial focus areas (Food, Textile and Fashion, Other Consumer Goods, Built Environment, Healthcare and Commerce and Hospitality), which are further developed into specific courses of action.
To elaborate the first of circular economy action plan (2022-2024) for Mataró, several existing circular economy initiatives were identified, and 20 circular projects were designed and planned, of which the execution will be crucial to get started.
The inèdit team is one of the partners of the project together with the Fundació Fòrum Ambiental and the international organisation Circle Economy.