The circular economy is up and running: the 7 proofs!
Posted on December, 1st 2015.
The circular economy is developing all over the globe. It is one of the solutions to climate change - and so central to the COP21 discussions.
Between 30 November and 11 December, the world will be meeting in Paris at COP21. The objective is to come to a universal agreement on limiting greenhouse gas emissions and containing global warming to below 2°C. The circular economy, in which nothing is lost, nothing is created and everything is transformed, is more timely than ever before. It is all about sober, more efficient use of resources based on renewable energy.
Around the world, cradle to cradle principles are already a reality. The proof in pictures.
According to a study by the Waste and Resources Action Programme in the UK, 520 million metric tons of waste were recycled in 2010 compared to 420 million in 2000.
A Eurostat study shows that the Czech Republic has quadrupled the volume of PET plastic it recycles in less than 15 years – placing it in second position in Europe for recycling PET bottles.
The European Environment Agency indicates that Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland have the highest municipal waste recycling rates in Europe.
According to the World Economic Forum, the circular economy is growing rapidly in the United States, particularly in the dismantling sector.
A June 2014 ADEME report states that 82% of French people sort their waste, as against only 66% of all Europeans.
And according to the same study, half of all French people make compost or prefer to repair electrical equipment rather than buy new.
But for the time being, the circular economy Medal of Excellence goes to Japan.
A world record!