CCL, Circular City Labs – Tirana

Circular City Labs (CCL) Tirana is a pilot for the Urban Partnership Accelerator Initiative (UPAI) in Albania project. The project aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by promoting economically viable reusable systems and strengthening the participation of women in local circular economies in the municipality of Tirana. The specific objective of the assignment consists of reusable packaging systems developed and tested in the City of Tirana, and the participation of women in the local circular economies is strengthened, eventually reducing GHG emissions in the City through waste prevention. The specific objective represents a multifaceted approach to sustainability involving:

  • Identifying, prototyping, testing, and implementing packaging solutions with materials that can be used multiple times rather than discarded after a single use. The testing aspect implies thoroughly evaluating these reusable packaging systems’ economic viability, effectiveness, durability, and practicality (including real-world trials and tests).
  • Strengthening and empowering women’s participation in local circular economies. Women are responsible for 70-80% of household purchases, and they count on the need for legacy in re-use and circularity practices in Albania (minimising waste and maximising the use of resources). Strengthening women’s participation could involve creating opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship, or leadership roles within circular economy initiatives.
  • Contributing to the municipality of Tirana’s environmental goals through an innovative response in preventing waste (aligned with the broader waste management plan and policy in place) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Tirana for a better urban inclusive life (simultaneously, contributing to GoA’s commitments outlined in the Fourth National Communication of Albania on Climate Change)

The CCL project is carried out by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), in collaboration with ICLEI, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Germany.

Name of client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Origin of funding: European Union
Name of legal entity: Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development
Consortium members: Destil Creative Hub, POLIS University
Duration: 01/03/2024 – 30/07/2019

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