Circular Economy and Social Benefits: NEW STUDY ON CZECH REPUBLIC AND POLAND

Transforming the production and consumption systems from a linear “take, make, waste” model to a circular model, where products are designed for reuse, recycling, maintenance and repair, upgrading and remanufacturing is not a futuristic concept. It’s a concept gaining ground all over Europe as policy-makers and business leaders realise that our linear system of resource use exposes societies and businesses to serious risks. Many studies have already shown the business case for a circular economy. But how would a circular economy benefit society more broadly?

This project looks at the impact of a circular economy on jobs, carbon emissions and the trade balance in different European economies. Using an input/output model and data from the World Input Output Database, the project concluded that an economy based on circular resource flows would create jobs, reduce carbon emissions and improve the trade balance.

The results were presented in Brussels in October 2015 as an input for the European Commission’s package on the Circular Economy (December 2015). That report, exploring Finland, Sweden, France, the Netherlands and Spain, can be downloaded here in English, in French and in Polish.

After requests from Poland and the Czech Republic a special study was done on their economies. The report was launched in Poznan in October 2016. More information to be found on this report in the official media statement. Here you can find the new study in English and in Polish.