Final Conference

The transition from a linear economy to a more circular one requires systemic changes involving a wide range of actors and sectors. Such a large scale transformation of markets will have impacts on industries, value chains and, in turn, on economies. Improving the evidence base about these impacts can help policy-makers decide on priorities and weigh potential policy options against each other. It can also contribute to achieving a better integration of the circular economy in strategic policy processes such as the European Semester.

This Conference presented the evidence collected by the CIRCULAR IMPACTS project on the impacts of moving towards a more circular economy in Europe. The first session set the scene and provided an overview of the project. The second session presented evidence and quantitative estimates about the impacts and potential benefits of moving towards circular-economy approaches in three sectors: electric vehicles/batteries, car sharing and building-materials. The session also offered an opportunity to discuss about the policy instruments that can foster the transition in these sectors. The third and final session focused the different options for developing scenarios about the circular-economy transition and evaluating the economic, social and environmental impacts.

The proceedings can be downloaded below as a PDF file and more information can be found here:


Wednesday, 5 September 2018