Over the past few years, the Circular Economy vision has gained wide traction among decision-makers as well as the general public. To what extent this vision however is compatible with existing life cycle and resource efficiency based approaches was objective of a workshop organized by the FSLCI at the end of January 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The industry-focused workshop “Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency, Life Cycle Innovation: Same objectives, same impacts?”, brought together representatives from various companies such as BASF, Evonik, Henkel, and Steelcase.
One of the most important outcomes of the workshop was the need for a clear and internationally accepted definition of what constitutes a Circular Economy approach. Furthermore it was suggested that any such definition needs to be accompanied with a quantifiable measurement approach that could guide the implementation efforts and help track the implementation progress. In addition to these key conclusions, the workshop report below highlights a number of challenges and opportunities of implementing the Circular Economy vision.
The report has been drafted by the FSLCI and reviewed and revised by a number of workshop participants. It is meant to be a starting point for an open discussion on the subject, hence we encourage anyone to comment below and engage with us in a dialogue about the suggestions and conclusions outlined in the report. We are looking forward to hearing your feedback!
If you like, you can also download our workshop report here: