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How to monitor environmental pressures of a circular economy: An assessment of indicators

Abstract Understanding how a circular economy (CE) can reduce environmental pressures from economic activities is crucial for policy and practice. Science provides a range of indicators to monitor and assess CE activities. However, common CE activities, such as recycling and eco‐design, are contested in terms of their contribution to environmental sustainability. This article assesses whether and to what extent current approaches to assess CE activities sufficiently capture environmental pressures to monitor progress toward environmental sustainability. Based on a material flow perspective, we show that most indicators do not capture environmental pressures related to the CE activities they address. Many focus on a single CE activity or process, which does not necessarily contribute to increased environmental sustainability overall. Based on these results, we suggest complementing CE management indicators with indicators capturing basic environmental pressures related to the respective CE activity. Given the conceptual linkage between CE activities, resource extraction, and waste flows, we suggest that a resource‐based footprint approach accounting for major environmental inputs and outputs is necessary—while not sufficient—to assess the environmental sustainability of CE activities. As footprint approaches can be used across scales, they could aid the challenging process of developing indicators for monitoring progress toward an environmentally…

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‘Shocking’ failure by Scottish business to cut single-use plastic

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have criticised Scottish business as a new survey shows half are not doing all they can to beat single-use plastic waste.

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Survey: Almost half of UK SMEs failing to act on single-use plastics

A major survey of more than 1,000 UK small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) has found while the majority of businesses understand the importance of reducing single-use plastics, 40% are yet to carry out basic measures to reduce plastic waste.

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3D Printing & the Circular Economy

This is an article that talks about the importance of the Human Development Index as it relates to the Circular Economy.

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36 complaints for flouters of single-use plastic carrier bags ban in first week

Attitudes and behaviours changed: Kiwis by and large accept single-use plastic bag ban.

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edie’s Earth Overshoot webinar: How business can #MoveTheDate through a circular economy

edie’s next webinar, hosted in association with Centrica Business Solutions, will focus on how businesses can champion the circular economy and low-carbon innovation to help push back Earth Overshoot Day – the day that humanity uses up all of the …

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2 Companies Building the Circular Economy

These businesses are turning wasteful consumption into long-term value for shareholders and the planet.