Circular economy in Europe: Developing the knowledge base

This report seeks to help policy makers to better understand the circular economy, by focusing on four of its dimensions; the main enabling factors and transition challenges, indicators for measuring progress and contextual issues. One of the main conclusions regarding the monitoring of progress is that for now the focus is on developments in resource efficiency and waste management, which covers a part, but not the whole, of the circular economy. More data is needed on eco-design, the sharing economy, and repair and reuse. Furthermore, social indicators, industrial symbiosis indicators and waste prevention indicators would be helpful as well.

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Report

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Almut Reichel, Mieke De Schoenmakere, Jeroen Gillabel

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42

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2016

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EEA

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