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Barriers and Best Practices for the Circular Economy

Bram Bet, Daphne Truijens,

The current linear economic system (take – make – dispose) is not sustainable as it has irreversible harmful impacts on the environment and the wealth of our societies.
A transition from a linear to a circular economic system is necessary, but becomes more and more complex, which makes cooperation between academia, business and government more important than ever. Even though a lot of valuable scientific research and professional expertise on circular economy is available, this knowledge often does not find its way to the relevant stakeholders, leaving many opportunities to accelerate the transition to circular economy untaken.

As SMO Promovendi, a multidisciplinary group of young researchers, we aim to close this knowledge loop by making research accessible and actionable for stakeholders with shared ambitions for the circular economy. We believe that a large-scale shift to the circular economy is the only viable solution to meet the social, environmental and economic challenges we are facing today.40+ in-depth interviews with financial parties, businesses, NGOs and consumer representatives were conducted to identify the main challenges and opportunities for the transition into a circular economy.Combining these insights with our multidisciplinary scientific background to provide an overview of the top 5 challenges & opportunities across the three domains Business, Finance and Consumers.

You can find the full publication here.

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Gepubliceerd 14/03/2018