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Circle Economy

This collection was curated by the Circle Economy team from Knowledge Hub case studies for businesses, local and national governments around the world to find inspiration in practical examples of the circular economy. Visit the <a href="https://circle-economy.com" target="_blank">Circle Economy website for more information and for more publications on the circular economy.

69 case studies

Built environment

The built environment sector largely exists to serve our universal need for shelter, and as such is one of the most important consumers of raw materials in the world. We believe the built environment should be a ‘living’ system in which building materials and products are optimally used and reused— a system that operates within the boundaries of our planet, preserves the (business) value of its resources, and ensures the well-being of its inhabitants. Tremendous opportunities to reverse the tide and prevent a state of lock-in from happening exist for regions where the built environment sector has yet to mature. There is also still hope for those regions where the fate of the construction sector may seem set in stone. This is why two key strategies stand out: - Preventing lock-in through thoughtful design - Optimising (material value) through transformative re-design

0 case studies

Québec Circulaire

This collection features a selection of the initiatives listed on the Québec Circulaire platform. Québec Circulaire is one of the flagship measures of the Pôle québécois de concertation sur l’économie circulaire (Quebec centre for consultation on the circular economy), a voluntary grouping of leaders from various backgrounds to accelerate the transition to the circular economy in Quebec. The information that emerges about circular economy is often fragmented by types of strategies, regions, people involved and sectors of activity. For a real change in the economic model to take place, it seemed essential to create a convergence forum for the exchange of information. Therefore, Québec Circulaire's mission is to bring together the variety of initiatives, tools, and expertise related to circular economy in Québec that are currently dispersed and will be multiplying in the coming years. Having begun its transition to circular economy in 2014, Québec serves as a pioneer in North America. By shining a light on the collective impact of individual and targeted initiatives, the circular economy can constitute a powerful lever for change. This collection of case studies aims to bring together Quebec people involved in this transition, alongside facilitating access to initiatives and knowledge developed elsewhere in the world, and disseminating Quebec best practices internationally. To learn more about Québec's initiatives to accelerate the transition to a circular economy, visit www.quebeccirculaire.org.

15 case studies

Footprints Africa

This collection is part of Footprints Africa's work to build a comprehensive database of circular economy initiatives in Africa. This is a result of the collaboration with the <a href="https://www.acen.africa" target="_blank">African Circular Economy Network (ACEN), as part of the programme to support the circular economy transition in Africa. Footprints Africa's vision is that businesses can be a force for good at scale. Their mission is to advance sustainable, scalable and inclusive approaches to development of local African economies. Footprints Africa supports SMEs to adopt future-friendly practices, such as those inspired by the circular economy, to address the challenges of growth and create jobs. This open-source dataset features well over 500 cases and 200 examples of policies and laws and intent to collect inspiring examples of initiatives from across Africa, in order to inform the global dialogue, which is largely focused on the European and American context.  To learn more about Africa's initiatives and content to accelerate the transition to a circular economy, visit https://www.footprintsafrica.co/

664 case studies

Circular Jobs Initiative

This collection comes from the <a href="https://www.circle-economy.com/circular-jobs-initiative/" target="_blank">Circular Jobs Initiative, an initiative of Circle Economy. The workforce is an essential lever for transforming our economy from linear to circular. The Circular Jobs Initiative aims to maximise the employment opportunities offered by the circular economy. It provides practical support and insights to businesses and governments that want to adopt circular strategies that have a positive social impact.The Circular Jobs Initiative works through three focus areas: - Upskilling the workforce - Quality of work - Inclusive job opportunities CJI has defined circular jobs as any occupation that directly involves or indirectly supports one of the strategies of the circular economy. It distinguishes between three types of circular jobs: core, enabling and indirectly circular jobs. **Core circular jobs** are all jobs that ensure the closure of raw material cycles, including jobs in repair, renewable energy, waste and resource management. **‍Enabling circular jobs** are jobs that remove barriers for and enable the acceleration and upscaling of core circular activities, including jobs that arise in leasing, education, design and digital technology. **Indirectly circular jobs** are jobs that occur in other sectors that do not play a direct role in furthering the transition to the circular economy but can still adopt circular strategies. They include jobs that provide services to core circular strategies, including jobs in information services, logistics and the public sector. The Knowledge Hub Collection includes examples of circular jobs, publications, reports, case studies and policies different organisations, governments and businesses are already using to advocate for a person-centred circular economy. Visit the <a href="https://www.circle-economy.com/circular-jobs-initiative/" target="_blank">Circular Jobs Initiative Visit the <a href="http://jobsmonitor.circle-economy.com/" target="_blank">Circular Jobs Monitor

136 case studies

Circular Norway

This collection features a selection of inspiring examples of the circular economy in Norway! Circular Norway is a driving force for the conversion of Norwegian companies and municipalities to a circular economy through practical tools, innovation, and business development. They collaborate with the leading environments on the circular economy in Europe, and together they contribute to Norway delivering on the sustainability goals and climate goals in the Paris Agreement. At 2.4%, Norway's circularity rate is below the global average (8.6%). Norway consumes 235 million tonnes of materials—metals, fossil fuels, biomass, and minerals—to fuel its societal needs each year. 97.6% of these materials are never cycled back into the economy. But Norway has enormous potential: the country could see a 20-fold increase in its circularity by restructuring Norwegian business and industry. To learn more about Norway's initiatives to accelerate the transition to a circular economy, visit www.circularnorway.no/ (content in Norwegian)

65 case studies

WCTD

This collection has been built by a community of passionate researchers, students and industry professionals, as part of <a href="https://worldcirculartextilesday.com/" target="_blank">World Circular Textiles Day (WCTD). World Circular Textiles Day takes place every year on 8th October. Our vision is to galvanise the collective ambitions and goals of people, organisations and businesses to reach a fully circular textiles world by 2050. Our mission is to provide a framework for circularity stakeholders to develop and deliver a collaborative, evolving roadmap and to chart circularity’s momentum annually on the 8th October, until 2050. What does fully circular by 2050 mean? - Shared textile resources, in the form of products and raw materials, are kept in **continual circulation**. - Virgin resources are **replaced with circular materials**. - Dignity, equity and equality, for the **people** involved in all parts of the circular value chain. In order to chart how to get to 100% Circularity by 2050, we need to know where we stand today. What circular activity is currently happening in the textiles and apparel industry and where in the world it is happening? The WCTD Collection aims to answer this question, by building the world’s largest digital library of circular textiles cases studies. World Circular Textiles Day is proud to be supported by our 2022-23 Circular Hero Partners: [Lenzing](https://www.lenzing.com/), [Texaid](https://retailsolutions.texaid.com/), [Bank & Vogue](https://www.bankvogue.com/), [Usha yarns limited](https://ushayarns.com/), [The Conduit](https://www.theconduit.com/), and [Asia Pacific Rayon](https://www.aprayon.com/en/)

432 case studies

Circular Economy Indicators Coalition

This is the Indicator Repository made by Circle Economy and PACE.

0 case studies

SWITCH2CE

This collection features a selection of inspiring examples of the circular economy, compiled in the context of the Switch to Circular Economy Value Chains programme. Launched in 2020, [SWITCH ](https://www.switchtocircular.eu/) is a five-year initiative that assists EU multinational companies and their suppliers from developing countries to Switch to more circular economy approaches and practices in three selected value chains: Plastic Packaging, Textile & Garments, and ICT and Electronics. The overall objective of SWITCH to Circular Economy Value Chain Project is to support the “Transformation towards a circular economy”, including to contribute to sustainable growth, low carbon and climate resilient development, decent jobs creation, and a safer, healthier and pollution-free environment. SWITCH is co-funded by the [European Union](https://european-union.europa.eu/index_en) and the [Government of Finland](https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/frontpage), and implemented by [UNIDO](https://www.unido.org/), in collaboration with [Chatham House](https://www.chathamhouse.org/), [Circle Economy](https://www.circle-economy.com/), and the [European Investment Bank](https://www.eib.org/en/index.htm). Learn more at [www.switchtocircular.eu](www.switchtocircular.eu) ![image.png](https://goldilocks-images.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/image_5b404c9c83.png)

174 case studies

Global Circularity Gap Report

This collection features a selection of interventions, based on the Circularity Gap Reports, that can mitigate climate impact by curbing GHG emissions. Circle Economy is a not-for-profit foundation working to accelerate the transition to the circular economy. With nature as our mentor, we work alongside businesses, cities, and governments worldwide to identify opportunities to make the transition to the circular economy and provide a powerful combination of practical and scalable solutions to turn these opportunities into reality. Our mission is to deliver practical and scalable circular economy solutions to the world. Our vision is to contribute to a prosperous world of finite resources by accelerating the transition to a circular economy. Our Circularity Gap Reports have revealed how linear the world is—we only cycle 7.2% of what we use, which leaves a massive Circularity Gap of over 90%. And in only two years, global circularity wilted from 9.1% in 2018 to 8.6% in 2020. As a result, the wrong kinds of records are getting broken and set. Key interventions for impact have been identified, based on the needs of society, that are resource-smart and low-emission. To learn more about these interventions to accelerate the transition to a circular economy, read the [CGR 2022](https://www.circularity-gap.world/2022) (pages 30-33) and the [CGR 2023](https://www.circularity-gap.world/2023#download)

56 case studies

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