The Circular Benchmark Tool is made possible by:

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The Circular Benchmark Tool is made possible by:

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Do you want to be future fit? Join the Circular Regions Movement and sign-up to test the benchmark or stay informed about the development of the tool.

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Do you want to get involved to further implement the CBT in your region? Please register to get in touch and collaborate.

Monitoring progress towards a global circular economy

The Circular Benchmark Tool (CBT) is an effective assessment to understand, visualize, and compare the transition towards a circular economy for regions and provinces. One of the key aims of the CBT is to act as replicable tool for knowledge exchange to improve regional circular performance and facilitate cross-regional learning about circular economy.

8 reasons why you should use the CBT

  1. Assess, understand, and improve your regional Circular Maturity Level
  2. Enjoy an online and easy to use self-assessment (based on simple yes/no answers) 
  3. Obtain a report with your regional results and benchmark with other regions
  4. Learn with and from other regions based on benchmarking results
  5. Understand best-practices and examples from extensive literature review
  6. Apply your regional results as an input for your Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP)
  7. Deepen your regional circular economy focus (tool is developed with and for regions only)
  8. Accelerate the circular economy transition with this unique tool, complementary with quantitative tools (e.g. raw material flows)


Join our journey

The ambition of CBT is to include 50 regions in 2023 to enhance the benchmarking experience plus cross-regional learning and knowledge exchange.

Accelerate the circular economy transition

Shifting the current linear system to a circular one requires a global effort. No country, as of yet, satisfies the basic needs of its citizens while respecting the ecological boundaries of the planet.

Accelerating the transition requires cross-border collaboration. Measuring and monitoring progress is a key element to facilitate such an acceleration. 

Provincie Fryslan

Friesland wants to be a frontrunner in the circular economy in Europe. This is why we completed the Circular Benchmark Tool for our region. Filling in the tool is very easy via the website, nice work. The average score is the most interesting to compare between regions. The maturity score puts you face to face with the facts: it is often easy to forget a number of steps in the first phase (mapping) and thinking already further along. This is a point of improvement for ourselves!

Sander Bos, Friesland The Netherlands
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CBT helped us to quickly visualize the first insights into the status quo without deep expert analysis. We will certainly use it together with more experts to collect reccomendations and monitoring progresses.

Marcin Staniszewski, Opolskie Poland

We have performed the assessment on behalf of the North-East region and we have tried to be very objective in the process of the criteria contained by the tool. For us completing the tool and receiving the results represents an interesting way to assess our region and to select adequate pathways to develop circularity in our region.

Adrian Andrei, North East Romania
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Filling in the Benchmark Tool was a very fruitful exercise with many features that we would like to further develop and implement.

Marius V. Niculae, West Romania
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The Circular Benchmark Tool is an interesting tool that allows you to reflect on and take a side-view of your units regarding the implementation and monitoring of circular activities. It provides an accessible and efficient way to modify or plan improvements to rationalize the circular economy and improve the performance of the institution.

Katarzyna Straszyńska-Pięta, Lodzkie, Poland
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We gladly received the results of the Benchmark Tool. It is a great job, thoroughly investigated and I really enjoyed your reports. It has a deep scientific approach focusing always “to the point”, while the results provide valuable information for each participant.

Yannis Charitakis, Crete Greece
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This is really an interesting and useful assessment tool. It’s very well thought out with a very ambitious take on how to promote Circular Economy in regions.

Carlos Silveira, Centro Portugal

I found it really helpful and inspiring! It brought us a great idea of where to improve and which pathways to follow!

Mirko Kruse, Hamburg Germany