Circular Economy

Circular Economy is not a new concept. It refers back to the omnipresent material cycles in our environment. Circular Economy is aiming at utilising resources with an inherent everlasting use. The current economy system however has diverged from these most natural processes. It is a most prominent challenge of today’s societies to take action against these economic dysfunctions.

The European Commission invests great means and supports contributions regarding research and applications in the field of circular economy. Furthermore, policies have been developed in recent years to implement the concept in various areas like the waste framework directive (2008/98/EC) with its end of waste, the extended producer responsibility and the new circular economy package, released on the 2nd of Decemeber 2015. Strategies for sustainable development and sustainable use of resources have become a crucial role.

There are 4 founding principles of circular economy:

  • waste = food
  • diversity is strength
  • energy must come from renewable sources
  • systems thinking (see below)

These principles are among others transposed by following strategies:

  • Cradle to Cradle (alchemia-nova is partner, see description below)
  • Biomimicry (see description below)
  • Industrial symbiosis (see description below)
  • Regenerative and restorative agriculture (see description below)
  • Blue Economy (Link to
  • Economy for the Common Good (see description below)

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