The current economy operates mainly on a "take-make-dispose" model – a linear model where every product is bound to reach its "end of life". This leads to a growing pressure of production and consumption on the world’s resources and environment. A circular economy model strives towards using and re-using our resources in a more resource efficient through preserving and enhancing natural capital, optimising natural resource yields by circulating products, components and materials, as well as fostering effective waste management and minimising detrimental practices.
The main objective of this service on Circular Economy is to provide evidence on the territorial dimension of the transition towards a Circular Economy and to provide evidence on local and regional patterns and flows of materials, including primary materials and waste. The analysis of the territorial dimension aims to cover changes in resource use, design, production, distribution, consumption, and waste management. In addition, it aims to provide input to European regions and cities on their potential for implementing steps towards a circular economy.
Political relevant questions in context of the project:
The Wuppertal Institute primarily develops and analyses the indicators for assessing the state of a circular economy in European regions and cities as well as processing one of the case studies.