The Circular City and Adaptive Reuse of Cultural Heritage Index: Measuring the investment opportunity in Europe

Foster, Gillian Joanne ORCID: and Saleh, Ruba (2021) The Circular City and Adaptive Reuse of Cultural Heritage Index: Measuring the investment opportunity in Europe. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 175 (10588). ISSN 0921-3449

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The long-lived, culturally relevant, and unique buildings of Europe's urban landscapes embody the values of the circular economy (CE) and sustainability. They are central to urban identities, generation after generation. Furthermore, adaptive reuse of cultural heritage buildings (ARCH) contributes to slowing down the extraction of natural resources, reducing energy for new buildings, and reducing construction and demolition waste and greenhouse gas emissions. ARCH's inherent characteristics distinctly express the 2019 European Green Deal's CE objectives and the 2020 building Renovation Wave Strategy. In this context, European city managers, heritage conservationists, and other stakeholders need a systematic method to characterize the investment opportunity for ARCH, considering CE. To fill this methodological gap, this study introduces a new composite indicator called the Circular City Adaptive Reuse of Cultural Heritage Index.

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Additional Information: This research has been developed under the framework of Horizon 2020 research project CLIC: Circular models Leveraging Investments in Cultural heritage adaptive reuse. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No 776,758.
Keywords: Circular economy, Circular city, Cultural and creative cities, Urban policy, Adaptive reuse, Heritage economics, Heritage buildings Europe Green deal
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Ecological Economics
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 10:12
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 10:12
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