This report explores the circular economy from a product perspective, applying a systemic approach and transition theory. Drivers of product design and usage are discussed in the context of emerging consumption trends and business models. For governance to be effective, it has to address the product life-cycle and the societal context determining it. Indicators and assessment tools are proposed that can help fill the current data and knowledge gaps.
- European Environment Agency (EEA)
- Circular by design - Products in the circular economy
The case for increasing circular economy systems grows as resources dwindle
New research from Yale University encourages discussions on how to implement circular economy systems on a larger scaleResearchers at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, believe that circular economy systems are essential to our long-term survival on a planet with limited resources.While some large companies, including Google, Dell, Philips, and Unilever, and a few countries, including China and members of the European Union, have already implemented successful circular economy systems, researchers believe...
Report: Circular economy offers solutions to water shortages worldwide
A shift to a circular economy could help save more than 400 billion m3 of water every year While oceans cover more than two-thirds of our planet, only 2.5% of all water on earth is fresh water. With billions of humans seeking water for their personal, agricultural, and commercial needs, the demand for sustainable water resources is at an all-time high.A recent report by ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, concludes that while a circular economy may not succeed at eradicating...
10 things you need to know about the circular economy
10 things you need to know about the circular economy A working circular economy could be a practical solution to the planet’s emerging resource problems. Here’s 10 facts you should know. 1. Why do we need one? The circular economy is touted as a practical solution to the planet’s emerging resource crunch. Reserves of key resources such as rare earth metals and minerals are diminishing, while exploration and material extraction costs are rising. The current ‘take-make-dispose’...
The process of developing products for a circular economy
Companies can reap more value from the energy and resources they use with cross-functional collaboration and customer-focused design thinking. Companies have steadily refined their ability to invent products and produce them efficiently over the past century, by delivering a wide range of goods to their consumers and improving financial return to shareholders. In other respects, however, this system is far from in its ‘prime’, due to companies’ not considering the waste which occurs after...
Antea Group Committed to a Circular Future - Several Recent Events Focus on the Circular Economy
Antea Group recently had the opportunity to participate in a number of forums and conferences related to a relatively new sustainability topic, the Circular Economy (CE), where the focus is on de-coupling business growth from resource consumption and environmental degradation. United Nations Environment Programme – International Resource Panel The International Resource Panel (IRP) was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2007 as a global science-policy platform to provide the...