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Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency

In recent years, circular economy (CE) and resource efficiency (RE) have become central to the G7 / G20 process and the sustainable development agenda, as well as the response to climate change. A circular economy aims to realise resource circulation. It is not a one-way, but a circulative flow in procurement, production, consumption, disposal through recycling, reuse, reproduction, resource-saving product development, and sharing.


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OUR ACTIONS FOR A RESOURCE-EFFICIENT FUTURE: FOLLOWING UP G7 PROGRESS ON TOYAMA FRAMEWORK ON MATERIAL CYCLES AND 5-YEAR BOLOGNA ROADMAP
The synthesis report was produced as a follow-up activity of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency on both the Toyama Framework on Material Cycles (2016) and the 5-year Bologna Roadmap (2017) adopted at the G7 Environment Ministers’ Meetings, conducted under an initiative of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. Reports on actions by the G7 described in this document have been provided by the alliance members. IGES researchers have contributed to coordinating and editing the report.
11 June 2019
Actions on Plastic Waste
27 February 2019
Addressing climate change will require radical changes in lifestyles: new report by international consortium of research institutes
25 February 2019
Expert's View

Keyword

Resource Efficiency (RE) and Circular Economy (CE) are now under the spotlight in the international community. The increased global attention to RE and CE has been triggered by the EU’s Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe (2011), and its Circular Economy Policy Package (2015). This Keyword document provides an overview of current global policy trends on RE and CE, as well as Japan's actions for CE.

Publications

IGES Discussion Paper

Circulating and Ecological Economy - Regional and Local CES: An IGES Proposal
March 2019

IGES Technical Report

1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Targets and options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints
February 2019

IGES Policy Brief

Proposals to Strengthen Japan’s Domestic Measures and Regional Cooperation on Stable and Environmentally Sound Plastic Scrap Recycling: Response to China’s Ban on Imports of Plastic Scrap
October 2018
Relevant Events
Date Activity Venue
5-6 May 2019 G7 Environment Ministers Meeting

Metz, France

3-5 June 2019 World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019) Helsinki, Finland
15-16 June 2019 G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth in 2019 Nagano, Japan

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