The power of regions and provinces to close the Circularity Gap

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Why CGR regions and provinces?

Although national governments have a critical role to play in the design of circular strategies and roadmaps—especially as they hold the mandate to develop legislation and drive forward enabling incentives—subnational regions will also be crucial in accelerating circularity. Regions can work to bring governments closer to their communities and actively engage all relevant stakeholders to support access and broaden participation. They can understand their residents’ demands—and are often in a better position to respond to some of them. This makes regions and provinces critical facilitators for circularity, and positions them as key players in closing the Circularity Gap within their countries.

Circularity Gap Report for regions and provinces

Regions are increasingly recognising the circular economy as a means to strengthen their communities and improve their residents' well being, while contributing to their countries' environmental targets. However, circular solutions are not 'one size fits all': the most successful strategies are tailored and context-specific. The Circularity Gap Report for regions and provinces provides insights into the best interventions to boost circularity on a more local level, as well as the tools needed to monitor progress.

The case of Quebec

Quebec is just 3.5% circular, but circular economy strategies have the potential to halve Quebec’s yearly resource consumption of 271 million tonnes and double its circularity rate.

The first regional Circularity Gap Report published in partnership with RECYC-QUÉBEC presents six scenarios to narrow Quebec's Circularity Gap. While the world’s circularity sits at 8.6%, the Canadian province of Quebec trails behind—cycling just 3.5% of the materials it consumes. This is according to our new Circularity Gap Report Quebec, which deep dives into the intricacies of the province’s economy—pinpointing opportunities to jump start its own circular journey. The report presents circular strategies across six key sectors, and highlights how Quebec's circularity can climb from 3.5% to 9.8%, further outlining the co-benefits this transformational shift could bring. This first regional Circularity Gap Report shines a light on the power of provinces, positioning Quebec as a key agent for change and promising incubator for circularity.
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