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The Circular Economy in Europe

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The Circular Economy in Europe presents an overview and a critical discussion on how circularity is conceived, imagined, and enacted in current EU policy-making. In 2013, the idea of a circular economy entered the stage of European policy-making in the efforts to reconcile environmental and economic policy objectives. In 2019 the European Commission declared in a press release that the Circular Economy Action Plan has been delivered. The level of circularity in the European economy, however, has remained the same. Bringing together perspectives from social sciences, environmental economics and policy analysis, The Circular Economy in Europe provides a critical analysis of policies and promises of the next panacea for growth and sustainability. The authors provide a theoretical and empirical basis to discuss how contemporary societies conceive their need to re-organise production and consumption and explores the messy assemblage of institutions, actors, waste streams, biophysical flows, policy objectives, scientific disciplines, values, expectations, promises and aspirations involved. This book is essential reading for all those interested in understanding how ideas about the circular economy emerged historically, how they gained traction and are used in policy processes, and what the practical challenges in implementing this policy are.

The Circular Economy in the European Union

Author : Sepp Eisenriegler
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The implementation of the circular economy will entail a major transformation from a resource-destroying, linear economy to a circular one that operates within the planet’s regenerative boundaries. This book presents an interim assessment of the implementation of a circular economy in the EU. It reveals what achievements have been made in various EU institutions, but which are scarcely perceived by the public; which basic scientific principles can be applied in this context; and what NGOs are demanding beyond this progress. It provides convincing arguments for abandoning the “hamster wheel” of material-based satisfaction of our needs, and shows that the primacy of the economy stands in the way of a good life for all. Given its focus, it will appeal to everyone interested in an ecologically sustainable economic system.

The Implementation of the Circular Economy in Europe

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In the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy, the European Commission defines circular economy as follows: "In a circular economy the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible; waste and resource use are minimised, and resources are kept within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, to be used again and again to create further value". Circular economy provides economic opportunities, but SMEs still face many obstacles. Shifting to a circular economy requires the involvement of many actors across existing industrial value chains and regions in Europe. This report offers a first glimpse to the experience, perspectives and specific role of two of the key actors driving such shift: 1) EU industry clusters: offer a nurturing environment to effectively promote circular economy business models among their members, given their direct contact to companies and SMEs and their understanding of the core business processes and needs. Cluster managers, knowing the region and the sector, often consider themselves a 'spider in the web' who can connect different stakeholders and tailor their approach to the needs of companies in their cluster. 2) Regional policymakers: having a more formal and facilitating role compared to cluster organisations. They support the transition to circularity by introducing schemes and measures at local level, influencing national policies and by providing financial and other means of support. This report synthesises the conclusions of the session "Circular Europe" that took place during the European Cluster Conference 2019 in Bucharest, followed by 41 interviews, 28 of which with cluster managers and 8 with regional policymakers, and 5 with other stakeholders.

Circular Economy in Europe

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Circular Economy in Europe

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Business Models for the Circular Economy

Author : Viktor Prokop
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Increased ecological awareness and the growing scarcity of resources have led to the introduction of new environmental standards, triggering enterprises, regions, and even countries to adopt new business models and industrial reconversion approaches. However, despite increased interest in business models and their innovation, it still lacks the integration of circularity and sustainability and to date research on these areas is still limited. This book, therefore, provides readers with a closer picture of the issues of business models and their innovation for the circular economy in Europe, where the issues of sustainability and the shift towards the circular economy have become cornerstones of European policies and documents and where significant differences have been identified between firms and countries. This book provides a unique view of different European perspectives and enables the reader to compare the situation in countries with completely different historical and economic conditions as well as with different perceptions of the need for the actions leading to the sustainable development and to the shift towards the circular economy.

Plastics the Circular Economy and Europe s Environment

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Plastics play an essential role in modern society, but also lead to significant impacts on the environment and climate. Reducing such impacts while retaining the usefulness of plastics requires a shift towards a more circular and sustainable plastics system. This report tells the story of plastics, and their effect on the environment and climate, and looks at their place in a European circular economy.

European SMEs and the Circular Economy

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The Circular Economy

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The circular economy concept is a response to the aspiration for sustainable growth in the context of the growing pressure of production and consumption on the world's resources and environment. Until now, the economy has mainly operated on a 'take-make-dispose' model - a linear model where every product is bound to reach its 'end of life'. A transition to a circular economy shifts the focus to reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products. What used to be regarded as 'waste' can be turned into a resource. The circular economy is best understood by looking into natural, living systems that function optimally because each of their components fits into the whole. Products are intentionally designed to fit into material cycles, and as a result materials flow in a way that keeps the value added for as long as possible - and residual waste is close to zero. Europe has already prepared the ground for this transition: a resource efficient Europe is one of the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives that coordinates actions across many policy areas to secure sustainable growth and jobs through better use of resources.

Challenges On the Path Towards Sustainability in Europe

Author : Vesna Žabkar
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Challenges on the Path Towards Sustainability in Europe offers a theoretical and empirical approach to addressing sustainable development, providing rich data analysis at cross-country level, as well as practical examples from the European context.