Tag: Circular Economy Action Plan

Why do we need a Circular Economy

Our planet’s natural resources are declining due to an unsustainable economic growth, fast urbanization, rapid global population growth, and mass production. Every year, 100 billion tonnes of materials enter the global market, from which only 8.6% are recycled. From 200 years back until now, the dominant economic model was the take-make – waste or so called a linear economy model. The traditional economy model resulted in serious problems such as…

The European Map of Circular Economy

European Countries are unique. Each of them with a characterful history, culture, and sociopolitical structure, that form the distinctive features of their current identity. This fascinating one-of-a kind diversity acts as a backdrop in the circular economy scenario, and all the actors find themselves in different places, and thus performing different roles. The key understanding of why a transition from linear to circular economy differs between the European Union’s member…

The hidden side of a Circular Economy Approach

The concept of Circular Economy has gained a fair amount of momentum in the latest period of global politics, and the European Union keep being engaged in several events, plans and activities to foster the application of the concept. The Circular Economy Action Plan adopted the 11th of March 2020 within the European Green Deal Framework, represents a tangible example of this commitment, as it provides a list of initiatives…

The new circular economy action plan in a nutshell

On the 11th of March 2020, the European Commission adopts the new Circular Economy Action Plan ‘For a Cleaner and More Competitive Europe’ to present its policy actions targeting the progressive abandonment of the mainstream linear economic model to decouple economic growth from resource use. By leading the transition toward a circular economy, the European Union can gain an unprecedented competitive advantage and generate new sustainable and green workforce, while…

Does Europe really need to transition toward a circular economy?

Undoubtedly, the massive burden that the linear economic model poses on the ecosystem has been a fundamental factor in the development of the circular economy proposition, urged by a steady and significant increase of the demand for raw materials and exacerbated by the growing evidence of a changing climate. Natural resources represent the core of the global economy,  standing at the base of the current production patterns: these are in…

European Green Deal? Nice Plan! But who will implement it?

The tackle of pressing climate and environmental-related challenges is the most important test that our society needs to jointly address. For this purpose, the European Commission launched a lavish plan to prioritize sustainable economic growth, decoupled from the linear use of resources, through the promotion of systemic changes across economic sectors and within the society. The ambition of the European Green Deal is related to the connection of different fields…