"On June XNUMXth, XNUMX, Cyprus had reached its overshoot day; the day when, if everyone lived the way we do, we would have used up all the resources the planet could replenish in a year. To ensure that future generations will be able to meet their needs, we have to manage our resource usage to keep within planetary boundaries." .
The concept of circular economy meets the ambition for sustainable development in the context of increasing pressure from the production and consumption of resources of the planet's environment. Until now, the economy was largely based on the "take-make-throw" model, a linear model in which each product inevitably reaches the end of its useful life.
The transition to a circular economy requires a change in focus on reuse, repair, renewal and recycling of existing materials and products. That previously considered "waste" can be converted into raw material.
Read more on the following newsletters:
- Circular Economy, a powerful force for tackling climate change (Material Economics - 2018)
- Green Public Procurement for a Cyclical Economy, Handbook and Good Practices (European Commission - 2017)
- The construction sector in Brussels: Findings and perspectives towards a circular economy (2017)
- The Circular Economy Linking, creating and retaining value (European Commission - 2014) (GR)
- Interactive illustration of the European Parliamentary Research Service