Policy Framework for Material Resource Efficiency : Pathway Towards a Circular Economy
Summary, in English
The EU Circular Economy Action Plan contains a clear vision that businesses will play a significant role in the shift to a circular economy model, by implementing circular business models that encourage prolonged use of products, components, and materials. The Plan also stresses the importance of appropriate enabling conditions for this shift. Policies that enable the adoption and upscale of such business models play a central role within a framework for material resource efficiency.
The overarching aim of this research is to identify gaps in the current EU policy landscape relating to utilisation of material resources, and to investigate appropriate policy interventions. The research uses an interdisciplinary methodology with case studies of Swedish firms adopting circular business models. A ‘bottom-up’ approach is applied, with business input forming the basis of a proposed policy framework for material resource efficiency.
Eight distinct policy measures constitute the core of the policy framework, bundled together in a resource efficiency policy package: eco-design rules for product durability, repairability and recyclability; product standards for repairability and standards for secondary raw materials; circularity criteria in public procurement; quality labelling for reused products; a national reuse target; funding measures for capacity, technology and innovation development in recycling and reuse value chains; support for resource and information exchange platforms; and a ban on the incineration of recyclable waste.
The analysis identifies the conditions needed to improve implementation of each individual policy measure, but also reveals instrument interdependencies within the policy mix. Possible ways to improve implementation of the suggested policy framework are discussed.
Finally, based on theories of the policy process, a number of challenges are identified in the process of integrating resource efficiency policies in the current policy landscape. Potential future research directions are suggested to help remove these bottlenecks in the transition to a circular economy.
- The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University
- Environmental Management
- Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
- resource efficiency
- circular economy
- policy studies
- Carl Dalhammar
- Oksana Mont
- ISSN: 1402-3016
- ISBN: 978-91-87357-61-9
- ISBN: 978-91-87357-60-2
23 April 2020
NB! This dissertation defence will be conducted online only. Follow on https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/640935352 Or watch the defence online at IIIEE in room 201 and 202 at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Tegnérsplatsen 4, Faculty of Engineering LTH, Lund University, Lund
- Raimund Bleischwitz (Professor)