KWR Kees Roest by KWR Kees Roest
17 September 2018

The world economy is only 9.1% circular

There is still a huge Circularity Gap, since only 9.1% of the world economy is circular. That is the main message of the first Circularity Gap Report. It shows that we are still in a linear economy. However, our linear model is effectively no longer fit for purpose. Circular economy strategies have the potential to be instrumental in the push to mitigate the associated climate impacts, given that the majority (67%) of global greenhouse gas emissions are related to material management. Drastic changes are needed. The report presents 4 steps to bridge the circularity gap: 1) Build a global coalition for action, 2) Develop a global target and action agenda, 3) Translate global targets into local pathways and 4) Improve our understanding....

This is how circular our world is - #CircularGapReport

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Our world economy is only 9.1% circular, leaving a massive ‘Circularity Gap’. This alarming statistic is the main output of this first Circularity Gap Report, in which we launch a metric for the circular state of the planet. Taking the United Nations’ Emissions Gap Report [1] as inspiration, the Circularity Gap Report provides a framework and fact-base to measure and monitor progress in bridging the gap, year on year. Being able to track and target performance via the Global Circularity Metric will help us engage in uniform goal-setting and guide future action in the most impactful way. Closing the circularity gap serves the higher objective of preventing further and accelerated environmental degradation and social inequality. The transition to circularity is therefore a means to an end. As a multi-stakeholder model, a circular economy has the ability to unite a global community behind an action agenda, engaged and empowered both collectively and individually. Its systemic approach boosts capacity and capability to serve societal needs, by embracing and endorsing the best humankind has to offer: the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration.   The circular transition thereby provides actionable ways forward to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. Our linear model...

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