The results displayed on the Jobs Monitor have been presented to and used by policymakers in both Brussels and Amsterdam to inform national and local circular economy strategies. The results for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were presented to the county Council to inform local circular job creation strategies.
The Global Circularity Metric shows the amount of cycled materials as part of the economy's total annual material inputs. It was first launched in 2018, during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Even though the metric simplifies the complexities of global material flows and cannot capture the full spectrum of a Circular Economy's intricacies, the metric and accompanying report have facilitated a debate that is anchored in a better understanding of where we currently stand in our progress towards circularity.
The Circularity Gap Consortium consists of key industry leaders, academics and peers including Janiz Pototschnik, Anders Wijkman, Willi Haas, and Ken Webster. The consortium also includes representatives from organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund, World Economic Forum and the World Resource Institute. Together, these organisations and individuals have provided invaluable input and support in reviewing the metrics and methodologies presented in the report, ensuring the knowledge and language we are shaping is adopted and endorsed by thought leaders across the globe.
The second and third edition of the circularity gap report found that even though there is a lot of talk about the circular economy, action does not follow sufficiently. Efforts to recover materials fail to match the increase in resource extraction. Along with its consortium partners, Circle Economy used the findings of the report to call out the lack of scaling and action by global decision makers. The metric substantiated this argument and therefore lent more credibility and urgency to the argument.
The first two editions of the Gap report have received endorsements from leading representatives from governments, cities, think tanks and businesses. Both launched in Davos, they have also received the attention of world leaders like Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation; Carolina Schmidt, Chilena Minister of the Environment; Frans van Houten, Philips CEO, and Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President European Commission. The keen public interest in the reports is reflected in 113K unique visitors to our website.
The transition to the circular economy is a global transition and this should be reflected in its discourse. The third edition of the Circularity Gap Report made it a priority to highlight non-Eurocentric perspectives on the circular economy. It established a level playing across perspectives: in order to transition to a circular economy and to achieve an environmentally safe and socially just economic model, all countries have a way to go still. This way differs per country, depending on a wide range of local circumstances. This consideration of different national contexts has opened up the debate on the circular economy for a wider set of solutions and has invited proponents of different approaches to participate in, and therefore enrich the debate.
The last edition of the Circularity Gap Report invites country representatives around the world to lead the circular transition in their countries. An increase in demand for our national circularity gap studies reflects this new sense of ownership.
The media and academia were already taking notice in 2019, but the 2020 edition of CGR really captured the public’s attention, with 260 additional press mentions after January this year alone (a 150% increase), and an additional 133 citations on Google Scholar (a 280% increase!).
The 7 key elements framework provides a high-level overview of circular principles businesses can incorporate into their operational models (for example, ‘preserve and extend what’s already made’).It further breaks them down into groups and sub-groups of practical and specific strategies that businesses can adopt (for example, ‘providing DIY repair kits or spare part programmes for enabling self-repair’).
A framework to define and identify circular economy jobs follows the same 7 Key Elements. As such, all jobs in our economy are structured according to core (managing material flows), enabling (supporting core activities) and indirectly (making use of circular products or services) circular jobs.
The policy instruments framework provides a similar overview of the different types of policy instruments available to local, regional and national policy makers to encourage circularity. From regulatory and legislative instruments to economic and softer policy instruments, the framework further breaks them down into specific actions policymakers can take, such as running information campaigns or establishing matchmaking platforms. Examples of existing cases of policy in action to support circularity are listed on the Knowledge Hub.
A circular economy cannot be achieved by individual actors alone: collaboration is inevitable. But how can businesses identify and establish successful collaborations in a circular economy?
To support businesses in setting up collaborations for circular value chains, this practical guide introduces nine steps businesses can follow to establish collaborations in a circular economy, four collaboration types, nine partner characteristics and 14 roles.