Zurich is developing relatively quickly into a circular city


Zug/New York – The Circular Cities Barometer from Holcim and Bloomberg Media shows that Zurich is among the fastest to make the shift to circular living. Among the 30 largest cities in the world, Zurich ranks 5th after London, Seattle, Copenhagen and Paris.

Holcim, one of the world’s largest producers and recyclers of building materials, and Bloomberg Media see Zurich in a good position in their second Circular Cities Barometer. Among the 30 largest cities in the world, the city is making the shift from a linear to a circular economy at the fifth fastest rate. The 2023 ranking is headed by London, followed by Seattle, Copenhagen, Paris and Zurich.

“This barometer is designed to advance the circular economy by providing unique insights into the world’s most innovative circular cities,” Holcim CEO Jan Jenisch is quoted as saying in a Holcim media release. And it aims to “inspire city leaders around the world.”

The Barometer rates cities based on the circularity of their buildings, systems, lifestyles and leadership using a proprietary algorithm. Broken down by indicators, Zurich tops the barometer for circular living. Montreal and Seattle are the top performers in circulation systems. London leads both the circular economy and circular building categories.

Among the key findings of this year’s Barometer is that cities in the Global South such as Bogotá, Buenos Aires, and Quezon City are increasingly joining city organizations to participate in the international discussion. And when financial incentives are available, such as from the World Bank, cities are more willing to participate in circular initiatives and partnerships. ce/mm