Comparative Research Network:

Circular Economy

“Like all major transitions in human history, the shift from a linear to a circular economy will be a tumultuous one. It will feature heroes and pioneers, naysayers and obstacles, and moments of victory and doubt. If we persevere, however, we will put our economy back on a path of growth and sustainability.”

Frans van Houten

The European Commission adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package, that will help stimulate
Europe’s transition towards a circular economy, foster sustainable economic growth and generate
new jobs. The Package consists of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy that establishes a programme of action, aimed to “closing the loop” of products through recycling and re-use.

CIRCULAR SKILLS understands, that this is a multi-faces challenge. For the economy to become
truly circular, all stakeholders need to get involved: public authorities, businesses, trade unions, civil
society and especially educators and trainer. We want future educators to be able to combine circular economy expertise with their own competence. We believe that when today’s learners are ready to enter employment, the circular economy will be the only way of operating.

The EU sees the circular economy as an opportunity for resource-poor Europe to secure access to vital resources, maintain global competitiveness and ensure a high quality environment for Europe and the world. To bring about this systemic change, the European Commission proposed a programme of actions that is summarised in the 2015 Circular Economy Action Plan. Since the action plan’s adoption, a legislative framework for a circular economy has begun to take shape.

For most people, the idea of circular economy (CE) remains an abstract concept, if not entirely alien. Although the theme of “ecological change” is increasingly popular around the world, many are still not aware of the major changes we will have to make to our lifestyle to ensure a sustainable future and ensure long-term well-being.

The circular economy is much more than a simple economic theory, it modifies the organization of society itself and is a response to concrete environmental, social and economic problems of this millennium. In a CE, products and materials keep circulating in a high value state of use, through supply chains, for as long as possible in a world of finite resources. Its success will depend on the ability of different actors to make the transition possible by starting to understand that the change in the economic system must take place and it is imperative. All of us must do our part in supporting the transition to a circular economy.

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