The analysis served to, assess what extent EU policy tools addressing products are supporting circular, sustainable products. The analysis found there is potential for further strengthening the policies, especially as concerns the circular design of products such as textiles and furniture. Also, more could be...
Improving the quality and economics of plastics recycling is a core objective of the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. The Strategy announces a series of actions to achieve this objective, from improving product design to boosting recycled content in products to improving...
To improve the conditions for financing circular economy projects, the EU Expert Group on Circular Economy Financing analysed barriers and identified the main areas where incentives need to be provided.
From the innovations and ethical dilemmas of synthetic biology, to the options for appropriate international adaptation to climate change, Frontiers 2018/19 explores the emerging environmental issues facing the planet.
The European Commission adopted a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The report presents the main achievements under the Action Plan and sketches out future challenges to shaping our economy and paving the way towards a climate-neutral, circular economy where...
Outlining the current journey of Australia’s packaging waste from bin to landfill or reprocessing, this report highlights a compelling need to improve packaging recovery and recycling rates across all material streams in Australia and models five potential solutions for the future.
This strategy introduces significant transformations aimed at Western Australia becoming a circular economy, with a greater focus on avoidance as well as moving to targets for material recovery and environmental protection in addition to landfill diversion.
This whitepaper is published as part of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), a public‑private collaboration mechanism and project accelerator dedicated to bringing about the circular economy at speed and scale.
The whitepaper examines the plastics packaging and consumer electronics industries. It...
The report reveals the annual value of global e-waste as over $62.5 billion, more than the GDP of most countries. It calls for an overhaul of the current electronics system, emphasising the need for a circular economy in which resources are not extracted, used and...
The European Commission authorized a study to support the identification of the best practices that contribute to a Circular Economy in extractive waste management plans (EWMPs). This document is the first deliverable of this study, the guidance document focusing on:The prevention or reduction...
Cities across the world are looking into the circular economy concept, as it is being recognized as a key driver for the much wanted green transition, simultaneously enabling greater energy and material efficiency, lower pollution and GHG emissions and job creation. Cities echo that it...
This report examines New Zealand’s plastic packaging system, and explores the key challenges, opportunities and pathways are for creating a circular economy for plastics packaging that works in New Zealand.
The fashion industry reaches almost every person on the planet, and is one of the most polluting and in-transparent sectors in the world. The global system is stuck in a cycle of persistent problems. This report discusses how we can move from small innovations to...
The second World Circular Economy Forum 2018 (WCEF2018) took place from 22-24 October 2018, in Yokohama, Japan. The world’s biggest global gathering on circular economy solutions brought together more than 1,100 leading experts and decision-makers from more than eighty countries to discuss their future visions....
This explainer provides an overview of the circular economy concept, what it looks like and why it’s being talked about. It also discusses recent research and developments in the circular economy space, and some of the challenges that may arise in its implementation.
This discussion paper presents an overview of the circular economy, how it can be applied in New South Wales, and the benefits it could bring.
Charlotte is the first city in the United States to make a commitment to adopting the circular economy as a public sector strategy. In its circular future, all of the material resources that now end up in landfills will be the basis for Charlotte’s next...
The purpose of this project is to identify and discuss potential policy instruments that can accelerate a transition toward a circular economy in the Nordic construction sector. Sixteen interviews were carried out with actors representing stakeholders from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
The UK’s micro business population is booming. Defined as firms with 0-9 employees, there are now 5m such businesses in the UK, up from 3.5m in 2000. In contrast, the populations of all other firm sizes have either increased only marginally or fallen over the...