circular economy Articles

  • 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 ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Circular economy to be scrapped?

    Riverside Waste Machinery’s managing director Jonathan Oldfield, a passionate advocate of UK resource efficiency, talks about the current uncertainty surrounding the circular economy. There are a few things the waste and recycling industry knows for certain in 2015. New rules stipulating the separate collection of paper, plastics, metals and glass for recycling – where technically, ...


    By Riverside Waste Machinery

  • Circular Economy Package: Questions & Answers

    What is the Circular Economy? To ensure sustainable growth for the EU we have to use our resources in a smarter, more sustainable way. It is clear that the linear model of economic growth we relied on in the past is no longer suited for the needs of today's modern societies in a globalised world. We cannot build our future on a 'take-make-dispose' model. Many natural resources are ...

  • 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, ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Recognising the role of manufacturers in the circular economy

    The concept of the circular economy is gathering momentum in the UK, as the country endeavours to improve its approach to sustainability and resource efficiency. Organisations that strive to achieve these admirable aims can now receive the recognition they deserve thanks to a brand new category within the Annual Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management. Iona Smith, ...


    By Environment Media Group

  • Putting a circular economy into practice in China

    Promoting a circular economy has been identified as China’s basic national policy, according to the recently enacted 11th five-year plan for China’s economic and social development. Because of the importance of the development strategy used for this purpose, an implementation framework is proposed in this paper. First, a program is suggested for practically implementing a circular economy in ...


    By Springer

  • Healthy soil is essential to a circular economy

    To achieve the Dutch government's objective of realising a circular economy in the Netherlands, it is essential to maintain the productivity of the country's farmland. Healthy soil produces renewable raw materials for biobased products. However, declining carbon levels in arable Dutch soil is inhibiting our ability to meet this objective, and continued global warming is standing in the way of a ...

  • 3 reasons for converting to the Circular Economy

    A new economic model is possible and necessary, now more than ever. Climate changes are clear to see, with disastrous consequences for the environment and the World’s population. We can’t put it off any longer. The time has come to reverse the course and choose a sustainable economic model for the planet and for future generations: changing from the linear economy to ...


    By Macpresse Europa S.R.L

  • Circular economy in Europe — Developing the knowledge base

    Europe is bound to the rest of the world through multiple systems that enable two-way flows of materials, financial resources, ideas and innovation. As a result, Europe's economic, ecological and societal resilience is and will continue to be significantly affected by a variety of global and interdependent social, economic, political, environmental and technological trends. Global material ...

  • We Created the Technosphere, but is it the Birth Place of the Circular Economy

    Human activity has created the ‘technosphere’, a landscape which is composed of the materials we have developed, created and thrown away. Far from being a miserable landscape that may initially come to mind, like the desolate garbage filled scene in WALL-E, it could actually be the basis on which we can create a more sustainable way of managing our resources. Just like we have ...

  • An introductory note on the environmental economics of the circular economy

    This paper provides an introduction to some of the fundamental principles and approaches in environmental economics which are of significance to achieving an integrated sustainability science. The concept of a circular economy, introduced by the late David Pearce in 1990, addresses the interlinkages of the four economic functions of the environment. The environment not only provides amenity ...


    By Springer

  • Circular economy - Sustainable business framework for growth

    What is the circular economy / sustainable business framework? In short, the circular economy (or closed loop) is a generic term for an industrial economy where materials flow in continuous cycles: either a biological cycle (via composting) or a technical cycle, where materials retain their high quality for the manufacturing of new (upgraded) products over and over again. Essentially ...


    By EMG CSR Consulting LLP

  • The Business Benefits of the Circular Economy - Case Studies

    A series of case studies demonstrates how a new way of doing business – the circular economy – benefits businesses, customers, and the environment when compared to the linear economy model. The findings of the case studies, produced by the National Zero Waste Council’s Circular Economy Working ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Zero waste, circular economy, sustainability impact the bottom line

    What is zero waste? In manufacturing zero waste's goal is to reuse left over materials from the manufacturing of products, putting them back into the process to manufacture new products. Zero waste can also be carried out when a manufacturer of a product that is recyclable takes it back to its facility to reuse recycled product in the production of a new similar product. This closely resembles ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Questions and answers on the Commission Communication `Towards a Circular Economy` and the Waste Targets Review

    What is a circular economy? A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains the resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so that they remain in productive use and create further value. It may involve: Increasing the time products deliver their service before ...

  • More circular economy: How end-of-life vehicle recycling can be improved

    The circular economy package adopted by the European Commission contains numerous measures aimed at promoting resource efficiency and recycling in the EU. Industry representatives are convinced that the recycling of end-of-life vehicles will also benefit from the package. "The measures planned by the European Commission in the field of design and innovation for the circular economy will ...

  • Plastics recycling industry ‘Wish List’ for a rapid transition to a Circular Economy

    The producers of automobiles and electronics across Europe have been given the responsibility for the end-of-life capture, collection and recycling or recovery of the products that they put on the market. Under this Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation the focus is placed upon ‘polluter pays’ by making branded manufacturers and importers share the financial burden of the ...

  • 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 ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Circular economy and regional economic development in the Zhejiang province, southern China

    According to data on recycling waste in the Zhejiang province, P. R. China, rapid and active growth of regional featuring economy in the Zhejiang province that is lack of resource is due to four new cardinal points, namely recycling waste, industrial agglomeration, central wholesale market and privatising system. Especially, that Zhejiang leads in regional featuring economy in China is mainly ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Circular Economy: A key lever in bridging the emissions gap to a 1.5 °C pathway

    Today at the London Business & Climate Summit, Circle Economy and international consultancy Ecofys have called for a rapid transition to a global circular economy to meet the ambitious Paris climate agreement. According to an estimate by the two organisations, circular economy strategies may deliver emissions reductions that could cut the 1.5 °C emissions gap in half. The ...


    By Ecofys

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