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The library contains a wealth of information on the circular economy for use by policy makers and analysts conducting impact assessments. For more information on impact assessments and the EU's Better Regulation Agenda, please click here.

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    Circular Consumer Electronics: An initial exploration

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    Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    Year: 

    2018

    "We are increasingly surrounded by ever more complex products, from smartphones and computers to wearable devices. Although these devices have become an essential part of life, most are still treated as if they are disposable. 

    If we want to enjoy the benefits of technological innovation and access to the services that electronic devices bring, we need to create an electronics system that works. This paper offers an initial overview of how the principles of a circular economy could be applied to the electronics industry, where the...

    Phosphorus Recycling from Manure - A Case Study on the Circular Economy

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    Author names: 

    Marie-José Smits, Geert Woltjer

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    Wageningen University and Research

    Year: 

    2018

    In this case study paper, phosphorus recycling from manure is discussed, with a special focus on the recycling process developed by the BioEcoSIM consortium. We analysed phosphorus flows globally, at a European level and on a national level, with a focus on the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, as in some other regions in Western Europe, there is excess supply of manure due to intensive livestock production. The oversupply, combined with legislation, generates a negative manure price. This negative manure price creates the business case for BioEcoSIM and other manure processing techniques....

    Circular Economy Mapping Week

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    Circular Economy Club

    Year: 

    2018

    "CEC is thrilled by the participation, knowledge and network built through the Circular Economy Mapping Week held in over 65 cities worldwide during this past week [5th – 11th February 2018]. During this week, CEC Organizers voluntarily set up group sessions to map the circular initiatives in their cities. Workshops took place in 65+ cities, including Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Madrid, Montreal, New York, London, São Paulo, Singapore and Taipei.

    The CEC Mapping Week had two objectives:

    1. To bring together circular enthusiasts to discuss and learn
    2. ...

    Impacts of Biofuels and Renewable Energy - Data Collection Report

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    Source: 

    Ecologic Institute

    Year: 

    2018

    This report aims at providing an overview of possible macroeconomic and other impacts that increasing the share of biofuels and other renewable-energy sources could have. Since several studies have been conducted on these topics already, the project team’s work for this report took the form of desk research (as opposed to the case-study work done for other topic areas within CIRCULAR IMPACTS). The project team identified relevant studies in recent literature and collected their key findings into an integrated overview. Due to the importance of biological energy sources both in the EU...

    Cooperation fostering industrial symbiosis market potential, good practice and policy actions

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    Author names: 

    Teresa Domenech, Asel Doranova, Matthew Smith

    Source: 

    Technopolis, UCL, International Synergies, Trinomics

    Year: 

    2018

    This study aims to answer three main research tasks:

    - Identify key succes factors as wel as issues hindering the development of industrial symbiosis
    - Assess policy actions that support industrial symbiosis at different levels
    - Assess the feasibility and options of EU-level interventions to contribute to scaling up and promoting IS initiatives across Europe or an EU-level trading platform for secondary raw materials (p. 10)

    Barriers to the Circular Economy: Evidence From the European Union (EU)

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    Julian Kirchherr, Laura Piscelli, Ruben Bour, Erica Kostense-Smit, Jennifer Muller, Anne Huibrechtse-Truijens, Marko Hekkert

    Source: 

    Utrecht University, Deloitte

    Year: 

    2018

    "The circular economy concept is much discussed in the European Union (EU), but only limited progress has been accomplished so far regarding its implementation. Most scholarly studies blame this on various technological barriers. Our work rebuts these studies. We present the first large-N-study on circular economy barriers in the EU (208 survey respondents, 47 expert interviews). We find that cultural barriers, particularly a lack of consumer interest and awareness as well as a hesitant company culture, are considered the main circular economy barriers by businesses and policy-makers....

    Study to monitor the business environment and regulatory environment affecting the collaborative economy in the EU

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    Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

    Year: 

    2018

    "This study assesses the business environment affecting the collaborative economy across six themes (accommodation, transport, finance, public administration, business support and alignment) in the 28 EU Member States. The study has established indicators to measure the main features affecting the development of the collaborative economy. It has developed a “Collaborative Economy Index” to benchmark the business environment. Based on the Index results, the study puts forward suggestions for the further development of the collaborative economy in the EU. The study concludes that there is no...

    Circular City Governance - An explorative research study into current barriers and governance practices in circular city transitions across Europe

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    Author names: 

    Jan Jonker et al.

    Source: 

    EIB

    Year: 

    2018

    "Circular City Governance - An explorative research study into current barriers and governance practices in circular city transitions across Europe presents the results of an empirical research study carried out by a team of the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), commissioned by the EIB. The research activities ran from October to December 2017. The main objective of the study was to support the EIB and other members of the UAPCE involved in the working group on “Circular City Governance” (CCG) with the identification, analysis and elaboration of...

    Impacts of circular economy policies on the labour market

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    Cambridge Econometrics, Directorate-General for Environment, ICF, Trinomics

    Year: 

    2018

    "The study looked at trends of circular economy activities across different sectors and quantified these activities as modelling inputs to provide employment changes for different sectors. Furthermore, the analysis provide estimates of the occupational shifts and skills requirements that a shift to a more circular economy could entail. The aim of this report is to develop an understanding of how a transition towards a more circular and resource efficient economy in Europe will affect labour markets across the Member States." (...

    Circular economy in cities: Reviewing how environmental research aligns with local practices

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    Anna Petit-Boix, Sina Leipold

    Source: 

    Journal of Cleaner Production

    Year: 

    2018

    "Circular economy (CE) is gaining popularity at different levels with the promise of creating more sustainable processes. In this context, cities are implementing a number of initiatives that aim to turn them into sustainable circular systems. Whether these initiatives achieve their sustainability goals, however, is largely unknown. Nevertheless, as the application of CE strategies is actively encouraged by many policies across the globe, there is a need to quantify the environmental impacts and to identify the strategies that support urban sustainability. This paper analyses the extent to...

    Environmental potential of the collaborative economy

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    Cambridge Econometrics, Directorate-General for Environment, Trinomics, Vito, VVA

    Year: 

    2018

    "Collaborative platforms, such as Airbnb, Blablacar and Peerby, have changed the ways in which goods and services are offered and consumed in the economy. There has been a recent growth in studies analysing the drivers, impacts and scope of the collaborative economy. Some of them point to positive environmental impacts of such platforms. However, none of the studies so far have provided a systematic, qualitative and quantitative analysis of the impacts. This study fills this gap by answering two questions: (1) What is the environmental impact of the collaborative economy today and in the...

    The circular economy and the bioeconomy - Partners in sustainability

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    Author names: 

    Mieke De Schoenmakere et al.

    Source: 

    EEA

    Year: 

    2018

    "This is the third in a series of reports on the circular economy in support of the framing, implementation and evaluation of European circular economy policy from an environmental perspective. The two previous reports applied a systemic approach to framing a circular economy and to the products within it. This report on the bioeconomy addresses circularity aspects of bio-based products and the sustainable use of renewable natural resources." (https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/circular-economy-and-...

    Circular economy and health: opportunities and risks

    Type of evidence: 

    Author names: 

    Alistair Hunt et al.

    Source: 

    WHO

    Year: 

    2018

    "The extensive use of natural resources threatens to exceed the carrying capacity of the Earth. The concept of a circular economy offers an avenue to sustainable growth, good health and decent jobs, while saving the environment and its natural resources. Further, the change from a linear economy (take, make, dispose) to a circular economy (renew, remake, share) is expected to support significantly the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 12 on responsible consumption and production. So far, however, the coverage of the health implications of a transition...

    Contemporary Resource Policy and Decoupling Trends - Lessons Learnt from Integrated Model-Based Assessments

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    Author names: 

    Mark Meyer et al.

    Source: 

    Sustainability

    Year: 

    2018

    "Addressing climate change and natural resource depletion has been key to the international and national sustainability agenda for almost 30 years. Despite existing efforts, global CO2 emissions and raw material use levels continue to grow. This seems to suggest the need for more systemic approaches in environmental policy. Our paper contributes modelling results to assess the potential of efficiency improvements to achieve absolute decoupling of global raw material use and environmental impacts from economic growth. We apply the global, dynamic MRIO model GINFORS to simulate potential...