The strategy for the country’s future is being driven primarily by ministries, but also by regional and local authorities. From clearing any hurdles in the way of creating a Circular Economy, to providing support and information to everyone involved, your government is determined to create a better environment and a healthier economy.
Since this is a government initiative, public procurement will, of course, play a key role in delivering it. We want to work with contractors and service providers who share our beliefs about the sustainable way forward. We will help pilot projects to get moving and will share the results in a transparent way, as citizens in Luxembourg need to know what has been achieved. Not everything can be done perfectly from the start, but even small projects can lead to bigger changes.
To provide the right level of governance and to ensure the voices of companies and citizens are clearly heard, a series of provisions have been made. The starting point is the formation of a National Circular Economy Coordination Unit, and its associated services.
1. The National CE Coordination Unit
The unit's role is to work across ministries and departments to help deliver Circular Economy programmes in a coordinated way. It also acts as a single point of contact for all questions and suggestions about the Circular Economy in Luxembourg, and as a knowledge base for policies and projects, courtesy of its contacts with other public and private bodies.
It will align the Circular Economy plans with other government strategies that are already underway for sustainability and resource protection and will help to embed its principles in Luxembourg’s laws and regulations. For companies and public bodies, it will help to overcome any barriers - regulatory, organisational, etc. - to circular projects. Equally importantly, it will work closely with the finance sector to arrange the funding needed to get Circular Economy projects off the ground.
Lastly, the unit will have an ambassadorial role, developing partnerships abroad and promoting Luxembourg’s work in European and international initiatives related to the Circular Economy. In this role, it will work in close collaboration with dedicated bodies such as Luxembourg Trade & Invest. In addition to its own regular meetings, the unit will report at least every six months to ministers for political approval of its activities and plans.
2. The CE stakeholder consultation platform
Organised by the National CE Coordination Unit, the platform takes the form of regular events to inform and engage people about the Circular Economy. Its audiences cover a wide range of public organisations (other than governmental bodies), industry associations, companies and civil society groups. The events are a chance to present the progress being made in Luxembourg and the Greater Region, to collect feedback, to identify new opportunities and to foster collaboration.
3. The Circular Economy Luxembourg portal
This internet portal presents the government’s strategy for the future development of the Circular Economy. It features the latest implementation of best practices and is a focal point for all requests and suggestions related to the Circular Economy in Luxembourg. In time, the portal will be complemented by a more extensive platform for circular actions, products and services.