A Policy Coherence Framework for Circular Built Environment Implementation: the Case of a Campus Development

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Dozens of cities around the world have already envisioned a circular built environment by establishing a variety of sectorial policies, strategies, and roadmaps, among other policy documents. As circularity is introduced in the making and operation of the built environment, caveats have been raised upon the governance of circular transitions. Policy coherence – or the extent to which policies are well-aligned and create synergies for implementation – in circular built environment research remains an unaddressed aspect of policymaking that, when lacking, may affect the transition’s effectiveness. This article aims to synthesize what policy coherence entails and how can it be assessed particularly in the transition towards a circular built environment. To do so, we developed a two-step approach. Firstly, resorting to academic literature we developed a framework for policy coherence and combined it with an existing framework for circular city development. The resulting framework combines four elements: policy levels, dimensions of coherence, actions for circular city developments, and levers for circular development. Secondly, we tested our framework for the transition of Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, towards a circular and carbon-neutral campus by 2030. Results show that the campus transition is increasingly improving its policy coherence, however, a narrow focus on looping actions over ecologically regenerating and adaptation ones may hinder a more integral campus development in the coming years. A circular city development perspective offers the opportunity to embrace more holistic goals, instruments, and implementation measures. Being policy coherence desirable, our framework highlights the benefits and difficulties towards its improvement as well as the importance of understanding the circularity imperative embedded in policy documents for more coherent transitions in the built environment.
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Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology

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