Main objectives of the study:

  1. Develop a circular economy vision for Chile's cities.
  2. Collect data and indicators based on existing public information on materials, energy, and emissions.
  3. Identify circularity opportunities for decarbonizing three economic sectors: energy, construction, and food.
  4. Propose circular interventions for the study cities based on circular economy principles and business models.


The available data and indicators made it possible to construct a first approximation of the urban metabolism of the cities under study and guide the circular measures in the selected sectors. The latter includes electrification of public transportation, improving energy efficiency standards, and recovering surplus heat. Also included were the reconversion of disused spaces and incorporation of sustainable construction standards, promotion of sustainable consumption habits for food waste prevention, food rescue, and recycling of nutrients for bioenergy. The proposed measures were selected for their contribution to GHG reduction, resource valorization, reduction of demand for virgin resources, and social and quality of life impact.

Download here the presentations of the first Circular Cities for Chile workshop: