The research project on the potential of the circular economy to reduce greenhouse gases from Quebec industrial emitters was launched in 2018. In a first phase, the researchers mapped industrial GHG emissions in Quebec (report available here: https://cutt.ly/ZffF6w4). A second phase, which was completed in the last few months, presented the analysis of GHG reduction potential from a circular economy perspective. The research team focused on industrial emissions from three sectors: steel, aluminum, and cement. A modeling of GHG reductions was carried out by coupling a material flow analysis to a life cycle analysis (MFA-LCA). The circular strategies analyzed are: (1) the optimization of operations, (2) the development of industrial synergies, (3) the increase of recycling rates and (4) the optimization of the use of products. The project demonstrates the importance of the circular economy in reducing Quebec industries’ carbon footprint. The project also made it possible to develop a methodology that can be replicated across all business sectors.
In 2020, the FCM, NZWC and RCA launched the Canadian Circular Cities and Regions Network (CCCRN) to build capacity within the Canadian local government sector, as well as to equip local governments with the knowledge, tools, and research needed to accelerate local circular economy approaches within their jurisdictions. Research has demonstrated that there are a number of ways that local governments are able to support circular economy activities in addition to traditional waste management. Four key intervention points have been identified: (1) research and education, (2) support and collaboration, (3) procurement and operations, and (4) planning and regulation. Early leadership, innovation and collaboration is currently underway within the Canadian context. However, there is potential to further scale up circular economy action in Canada by leveraging local governments as key partners and enablers of community and business action. The CCCRN supports knowledge sharing, capacity building and action with a cohort of local governments across Canada. Learn about this national initiative and discover how municipalities are implementing circular approaches to their activities.