The Circular Benchmark Tool is made possible by:

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The Circular Benchmark Tool is made possible by:

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The CBT is developed with and for regions

The Circular Benchmark Tool (CBT) is completed by various regions who also provided feedback to improve the assessment. Participating regions found the CBT simple to use and very helpful to reflect on their policies and pathways to follow within their pursuit of circularity.

Participating regions

About 30 European regions in the highlighted countries joined the CBT platform, and some of them already completed the tool. The ambition of the CBT is to include 50 regions by the end of 2023 to enhance the benchmarking experience plus cross-regional learning and knowledge exchange.

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

CBT involved initiatives

Various initiatives played an important role in the development of the Circular Benchmark Tool.

INTERREG Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. One of the Interreg Europe projects funded under the IV call Circular Economy is the REgional PoLicy Actions for Circular Economy (REPLACE).
REPLACE is a project funded by INTERREG Europe aiming at improving management, implementation, and monitoring of regional policy instruments targeted at facilitating the transition towards a circular economy. This is done through the development and application of policies that focus on identification, valorization, assessment, and financing circular value chains resulting in new local and regional projects.
Province of Friesland
The province of Friesland supports sustainable development for the environment and the transition towards a circular economy. They were one of the first regions to use the Circular Benchmark Tool and to evaluate their transition towards circular economy.
ProActBlue is a consultancy and management organization working in the fields of sustainability, circular economy, water, and climate and innovation. They do this for governments, companies, and knowledge institutions. The key pillar of the organization is proactiveness aimed at supporting the transition towards circularity in the Netherlands and in Europe.
Rademaker Consulting
Rademaker Consulting aims to accelerate the global circular economy transition. They offer a pragmatic and ‘in control’ support to public ad private initiatives and work in close collaboration with other disciplines, government agencies and technical experts to accomplish the transition.
SNN is a partnership between the 3 Dutch northern provinces (Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe). They are responsible to distribute the ERDF in the north of Netherlands. Their goal is to create networks and to share knowledge among organizations and knowledge institutes to make the Northern Netherlands stronger and more beautiful within its development.
European Regional Development Fund
The European Regional Development Fund aims at creating social, economic, and territorial cohesion in Europe by creating balance between European regions. They are currently doing so by working on investments that will support the transition towards a greener, smarter, and more connected Europe.

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The CBT offers the possibility to sign up either as regions or as service providers with the goal to inspire and continuously improve performances based on CE practices.