The circular economy as a key instrument for reducing climate change

Mankind produces a lot of waste, most of which is not recycled. CE Delft has calculated that if two thirds of all municipal waste alone is recycled, instead of landfilled or incinerated, the annual global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by six percent. The study shows that, in many cases, the transition to a circular economy also can be seen as an effective climate strategy. After all, the circular economy focusses on reduce, reuse and recycle as waste management strategies.

The circular economy as a key instrument for reducing climate change

Authors CE

Geert Bergsma
Marijn Bijleveld
Sanne Nusselder

Delft, June 2016