Glasgow becomes first UK city to sign Circular Cities Declaration

Glasgow has become the first UK city to sign the Circular Cities Declaration, cementing its commitment to tackling the climate emergency. After receiving support from the council’s City Administration Committee in April, the signing recognises Glasgow as one of the leading European cities working in the circular economy.  

Developed by ICLEI Europe in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Glasgow will join a unified network of over 50 cities across Europe, working together to raise awareness of the environmental, economic and social benefits of the circular economy. 

The network also includes leading strategic partners in the United Nations Environment Programme, European Investment Bank (EIB), Circle Economy and Metabolic. 

(signing the declaration)  

City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction for Glasgow City Council, Anna Richardson, said:

‘I’m delighted to sign the Circular Cities Declaration, which commits to Glasgow’s transition from a linear to a circular economy. Over the last month, Glasgow City Council, have taken major steps as we look towards net-zero carbon by 2030. The Glasgow Climate Plan was unanimously approved at Committee, and we launched the new business charter and website alongside our Sustainable Glasgow partners.’ 

She added, “This signing further cements our commitment to supporting Glasgow’s businesses, helping them to adopt sustainable business practices, by encouraging them to reuse and repair goods previously destined for landfill.” 

Alison McRae, senior director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting and enabling actions to tackle climate change and has been doing this through our Circular Glasgow initiative for five years now.” 

 “Through a partnership approach with Zero Waste Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Circle Economy in the Netherlands, our business community has been embracing circular economy business models to become future proof by delivering closed-loop value chains and driving innovative solutions; ultimately, reducing their climate impact.” 

“This is fantastic for Glasgow and a milestone moment as the host city for COP26 later this year.” 

For more information on the ICLEI Circular Cities visit: 

The full committee report can be found here: