2.7 Encourage the development of a more endogenous economy to increase territories’ resilience
Knowing our territories’ resources and flows
The problem at hand
Globalisation has drifted production and consumption areas apart. Food often travels thousands of miles before reaching our plate, traceability is not always guaranteed and between one-third and a half of our food is wasted. Manufactured products follow the “extraction-production-disposal” cycle, a source of material, energy and transport waste. And all this to the detriment of the local economy.
We are now at a crossroads. The economic crisis and ecological concerns tend towards creating a more resilient society, better prepared to face unexpected events. An increasing number of Europeans are learning how to use healthy, local food without wasting it. For them, giving, selling and buying second-hand products make sense and is financially interesting. But this more endogenous economy is still in its infancy.
Develop short food supply chains.
Support new consumption practices aimed at “reducing – reusing – recycling”.
Local authorities have levers they can use to accelerate these budding processes by adopting urban planning and land management policies that re-establish a link between producers and consumers, by preserving water resources and soils, by using public procurement to encourage short food circuits, and by promoting second-hand markets and optimising waste management.
Conditions for success
Cities and towns that show the way
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Energy Cities, Local authorities in energy transition.