Funded by: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
January 2019 / December 2021

CEc - Circular Economy

Current trends in demography, lifestyles, and preferences are reshaping the global demand for goods with repercussions ranging from the production of primary materials and energy to carbon emissions and waste management. . Decoupling economic growth from resource use and environmental impacts is now perceived as a desirable objective, to be achieved through a sensible reduction of the use of primary materials, whose production is the main responsible for carbon emissions.

The circular economy is a holistic conceptualization of the economy grounding on the recirculation of materials and their more efficient use. Transitioning towards a circular approach to the economy is expected to reduce the carbon footprint and waste generation. Depicted as a desirable and sustainable model of production and consumption, its tangible impact is very context-specific and sector-specific and still far from being assessed carefully also due to the lack of available data and information.

Against this background, this project aims at deepening the knowledge about the state of the art and implementation of the circular economy approach in business models and policies in Europe. It will do so by combining the evidence from empirical analysis based on available and new data and case-study and best practices evidence collected through the participation to the Italian (and European) Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.

Main Results and Outputs

Circular economy in context: a framework and research agenda

Although different conceptualisations of circular economy have emerged over the past years, such approaches still fail to provide a clear, unequivocal and commonly agreed definition. CEc’s ambition is to shed light on this heterogeneity of approaches to derive a clear definition of what Circular Economy means, linking with parallel concepts like green economy, bioeconomy, sharing economy. Furthermore, CEc’s activities will focus on identifying the drivers of circular economy and the potential role for policies and institutions, current trends and future development prospects , and will also investigate aspects related to the experience of implementation of new business models and, more general circular economy initiatives in Europe and Italy.

The Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ICESP)

The objective of the Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform is to create a network of actors willing to share initiatives, experiences, critical aspects and perspectives related to the implementation of circular approaches to business and the economy. As a scientific partner with consolidated experience in bridging academic research and policy making, FEEM participates to the platform with the CEc project by capitalising on the collected experiences and information, combining it with scientific knowledge to result in clear-cut policy recommendations.

Project leader
Pareglio Stefano
Firms And Cities Towards Sustainability - FACTS Program Scientific Coordinator Read more

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