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the circular economy


The Paris Agreement is unprecedented in uniting 195 countries behind the common goal of tackling climate change. Public and private actors alike are scrambling to make their contribution. Yet, current pledges and mitigation efforts are insufficient to limit global warming to 2°C or even 1.5°C.

The circular economy offers new and innovative mitigation solutions that are mostly left unexplored yet urgently needed. This series of four blogs explores how we can develop and disclose this mitigation potential, while also responding to the ambition of climate policy, negotiations and finance to have transformational impact or induce paradigm shift. 

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Monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and incentivising international cooperation under the Paris Agreement can help disclose and develop circular mitigation opportunities. This third blog explains how.

5 opportunities for the circular economy to strengthen the Paris Agreement


A growing body of research explores the links between our material and carbon footprints. This first blog explains why the linear economy is a promising way to deliver on global climate change mitigation ambitions.

5 questions to understand why the circular economy contributes to climate change mitigation


The transition to a low-carbon, circular economy needs backing by financial institutions. This final blog shows how to mobilise climate finance for circular business models.

5 actions to mobilise climate finance for circular mitigation options


Raising the level of ambition of climate policies and strategies calls for new and innovative solutions that go beyond current efforts. This second blog explains why the circular economy can respond to that call.

5 ways the circular economy can raise the ambition of climate policies and strategies


Further reading

To reach our 1.5 °C target, we need to make an estimated 15 billion tonnes CO2 in additional emissions reductions per year by 2030. Circle Economy and Ecfys estimate that circular strategies may deliver emissions reductions that could bridge the gap by half, and have issued a white paper that informs key strategies to move to a circular state. It also highlights existing circular examples in the world today.

Matthieu leads Circle economy's finance programme and consulting activities. Prior to working at Circle Economy he worked at Ecofys where he consulted for leading institutions on climate policy and finance.

Jelmer is an advisor on addressing climate change by improving circularity. Before founding Shifting Paradigms, he developed and practiced new models for international cooperation on climate action and finance.

Matthieu Bardout

Jelmer Hoogzaad

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