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Towards the Circular Economy

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The well-known report "Towards the circular economy" written and prepared by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey.

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Government warned to act on raw materials crisis

Government warned to act on raw materials crisis | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it

"The government must act quickly to head off a crisis in the supply of raw materials, the country’s leading business and environment groups have warned today.

 

It calls for a new Office of Resource Management to be set up to co-ordinate Whitehall activity on resource security, which "would ensure all departments create jobs and boost the economy by slashing the waste of natural resources," said Friends of the Earth Resource Campaigner, Julian Kirby."

 

UK Business and NGOs urge British government to tackle potential raw materials crisis.

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Recycling Reality: Humans Set to Trash Most Elements on the Periodic Table

Recycling Reality: Humans Set to Trash Most Elements on the Periodic Table | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it

"...the majority of elements on the periodic table and we use almost every element on the periodic table for something or other are also nearly completely unrecycled".

 

This article from the Scientific American blog shows how far off the dream of a circular economy still is.

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3 ways to better manage your water risk in an era of scarcity

3 ways to better manage your water risk in an era of scarcity | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it
Fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce, polluted and contested. A new self-assessment tool aims to help companies take a strategic approach to its use.

 

Good article from GreenBiz.com on one of the main challenges of the circular economy: water.

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Report trashes EU waste management results

Report trashes EU waste management results | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it

"EU member states may be falling short of waste management commitments  according to data in a new report on management of municipal waste, highlighting stark differences across the union."

 

Little progress in EU member states on moving to a circular economy.

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How Sustainable Taxation Can Create a Circular Economy

How Sustainable Taxation Can Create a Circular Economy | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it
There are businesses already today which are benefitting from sustainable development strategies of ‘natural capitalism’ or the so called ‘circular economy.’ Here are some examples.
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Earnings, jobs and innovation: the role of recycling in a green economy — European Environment Agency (EEA)

Earnings, jobs and innovation: the role of recycling in a green economy — European Environment Agency (EEA) | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it
This short report explains the role of recycling in the green economy and examines the evidence of its contribution in Europe, focusing primarily on the economic benefits that recycling offers.
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The Economics of Resource Scarcity

The Economics of Resource Scarcity | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it

Jonathan Dimbleby in conversation with Amartya Sen on resource challenges

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China’s Economy Besieged by Buildup of Unsold Goods

China’s Economy Besieged by Buildup of Unsold Goods | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it

"After three decades of torrid growth, China is encountering an unfamiliar problem with its newly struggling economy: a huge buildup of unsold goods that is cluttering shop floors, clogging car dealerships and filling factory warehouses." (Source: NY Times)

 

For all its nice rhetoric about the "circular economy", the reality in the Chinese economy is quite different and follows the traditional logic.

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Minerals and metals scarcity in manufacturing: The ticking time bomb

Minerals and metals scarcity in manufacturing: The ticking time bomb | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it
Top manufacturing executives warn that mineral and metal scarcity will increasingly affect global operations. The solution? More efficiency, innovation and collaboration across the supply chain.

 

Interesting report by PwC on the increasing reality of resource scarcity for manufacturing.

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Valuing abundance – breaking the tyranny of resource scarcity

Valuing abundance – breaking the tyranny of resource scarcity | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it
It's time to learn from nature's system of abundance if we are to have a sustainable future, says Joss Tantram...

 

This article in the Guardian's Sustainable Business blog is symptomatic of the lack of knowledge about ecological and energy realities. It is not just by shifting our narratives from scarcity to abundance that we will be able to shift our production systems to mimick the complex workings of nature.

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Joss T's comment, August 23, 2012 9:29 AM
On the contrary, the article was trying to stimulate and engage optimism for new business models in full acknowledgement of the very harsh physical reality of life on this planet.
It is of course, naive to expect that shifting narratives in themselves will have any impact upon production systems. Rather the article was highlighting the pressing ecological, human and economic needs for such a shift and suggesting that introducing abundance into the pricing mechanism rather than scarcity may provide a route to prioritise and value sustainable industrial models.
There is a difference between being aware of the precariousness of our current situation and concluding that doom lies in our future and having that awareness and deciding that hope, ingenuity and a fundamental alignment between industrial and natural production processes might just provide a route away from catastrophe.

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Joss
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Building business value in a changing world

KPMG explores 10 sustainability megaforces set to impact business over the next 20 year.

 

This interesting report shows "that population growth, exploitation of natural resources, climate change and other factors are putting the world on a development trajectory that is not sustainable. In other words, if we fail to alter our patterns of production and consumption, things will begin to go badly wrong. How wrong and for whom, is also explored in the report."

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Talk point: The circular economy

Talk point: The circular economy | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it
Is rethinking the economy as a circle the best way to spark systemic change?

 

Interesting debate on the Guardian's Sustainable Business Blog

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Circular Economy, Cascade Use and Efficiency as Pillars of a Factor...

Good presentation by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, co-chair of UNEP's International Resource Panel on the circular economy, cascade use and efficiency as pillars of a Factor Five World.

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A Global Redesign? Shaping the Circular Economy

Very good briefing paper from UK Think Tank Chatham House on the transformational character of the circular economy.

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European Ressource Efficiency Platform

European Ressource Efficiency Platform | Circular Economy for Europe | Scoop.it

"The European Resource Efficiency Platform's objective is to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, Members States and private actors on the transition to a more resource-efficient economy. This transformation is complex and cuts across policy areas and interests. Environmental resources and economic systems affect each other — it is rarely possible to reform one without altering the other."

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