Circular economy

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Report

Australian government implementation of the National Waste Policy Action Plan

The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water's implementation of the National Waste Policy Action Plan 2019.
Report

Towards developing a digital platform for a systemic shift to a circular economy: progress report number 2

This report provides an update on the progress for Milestone 4 for the Victoria Circular Activator (VCA) Grant. The authors outline a set of archetypical roles that an intermediary can play in the transition to a CE and explored what this may specifically look like...
Report

Where is the value in the chain? Pathways out of plastic pollution

This report aims to support policy-makers in their efforts to address plastic pollution. By examining the economic and financial implications of plastic management, the report provides key recommendations on how to create a comprehensive approach to addressing plastic pollution and to help policy-makers make better...
Working paper

Green growth and net zero policy in the UK: some conceptual and measurement issues

This paper discusses some of the fundamental issues related to the future growth of productivity under net zero climate change policies. The aim of the paper is to discuss just how challenging it will be for an advanced economy with a net zero target to...
Briefing paper

Environment Legislation Amendment (Circular Economy and Other Matters) Bill 2022: Bill Brief

This paper provides an overview of the Environment Legislation Amendment (Circular Economy and Other Matters) Bill 2022 by exploring Victoria’s transition to a circular economy and recent regulatory and legislative changes to the waste and recycling sector.
Report

Circular business: what companies need to make the switch

Circular business models cut carbon, create jobs and boost economic growth. A few leading companies are dipping their toes in, but this opportunity is still largely overlooked. The authors of this report spoke to business leaders and industry experts to find out what government needs...
Discussion paper

Regenerate and restore: a circular economy discussion paper for investors

This paper argues that a circular economy may present a considerable opportunity for institutional investors in financial returns, climate solutions and emissions reductions, and other parts of their environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations.
Report

Capitalising on the lithium-ion waste resource challenge in South Australia

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution promises a future of low-emissions transportation and is essential if Australia is to meet its climate obligations. However, it is creating challenges too. This report explores how lithium-ion battery waste can be recycled and transformed into valuable commodities and argues...
Conference paper

Circular economy incognito: mapping circular activities and employment in Victoria, Australia

This study analyses the spatial patterns of growth and decline for key circular activity sectors between 2011-2016 using Victoria, Australia as a case study.
Strategy

Northern Territory circular economy strategy 2022-2027

This strategy builds on and supersedes the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Management Strategy for the Northern Territory 2015-2022, and its implementation with consideration to other relevant key Territory policies and strategies.
Report

Progress report: data platform conceptual framing

This project is funded by the Victorian government's Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund as part of the Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre (CEBIC), and aims to support Victoria’s circular economy policy and action plan. This progress report describes the development of prototype Theories of Change (ToC)...
Discussion paper

Transforming recycling: consultation document

This consultation paper sets out three proposals to transform recycling in New Zealand.
Report

Measuring the circular economy: an Australian perspective

This report highlights the need for Australia to implement a circular economy framework that will guide measurement for government at all levels. It also provides a baseline understanding of the current state of circular economy measurement in Australia and guidance on what is required to...
Position paper

Climate change: the EPA’s role in supporting South Australia’s response to climate change 2021–25

This position statement outlines the South Australian EPA’s approach to its role in climate change adaptation including a clear and robust regulatory framework to help businesses become more resilient, prepare for more frequent extreme weather events and reduce waste to enable the advantages of a...
Briefing paper

Policy brief on making the most of the social economy’s contribution to the circular economy

The briefing paper defines concepts of both the circular and social economy, and describes the potential of the social economy to support circular activities and related business models and to reinforce uptake of circularity around the world.
Report

Right to repair: Productivity Commission inquiry report

This report sets out the Productivity Commission’s findings and recommendations on the issue of a right to repair in Australia. The focus has been on whether there are barriers to repair that may require a government policy response, either through existing or new laws.
Working paper

Labelling and information schemes for the circular economy

Circular Economy Labels and Information Schemes (CELIS) compose the group of labels, certifications, standards of information schemes that fully or partially address one or more resource efficiency or circular economy elements. This paper provides an overview of the current CELIS landscape, assesses the drivers and...
Discussion paper

Taking responsibility for our waste

Outlining options for both regulation of the waste sector and those working in it, and regulation of the products and materials currently disposed of through waste and recycling systems, this document presents the government's proposed vision and aspirations for a low-waste Aotearoa New Zealand.
Journal article

Figuring the transition from circular economy to circular society in Australia

This study contributes to debates on circular discourses, nature, and the limitations of the circular economy in Australia, the relational space of intermediation, and the nature of MLP transitions for a sustainable circular transition economy in Australia.
Strategy

2021 Australian infrastructure plan

The reforms outlined in this strategy document reflect an industry consensus that was developed in close collaboration with government, industry and communities. Infrastructure Australia completed a comprehensive engagement program that targeted more than 6,500 community members and industry stakeholders across Australia’s cities and regions.