The world is now only 8.6% circular

Global resource consumption has passed 100 billion tonnes a year
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The Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative: a global score for circularity

The Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative highlights the urgent need to transition to a circular economy. We aim to empower key decision makers in both government and business to coordinate action to accelerate that transition. We do this by measuring current states of circularity and by bringing together stakeholders from businesses, governments, academia and NGOs to input and evaluate our findings on the state of the transition based on the latest scientific evidence.

A Global
Metric

The Global Circularity Gap Report is an annual report measuring the state of circularity. It's goal is to inspire action and realise a global circular economy. The Circularity Gap Report is launched annually during The World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos.

Adapted to countries

The Circularity Gap Metric for Countries provides a deeper understanding of the resource reality of specific countries, in terms of extraction, processing, production, consumption and end-of-use management. It also provides them with tailored circular transition pathways.

Based on a scientific
methodology

The Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative is based on a scientific methodology and is continuously developed in collaboration with a committee of leading academics.

Endorsed by
global leaders

The circular economy is a fundamental means to achieving sustainability and carbon neutrality. Yet to know if we’re getting there, we need to measure circularity. The series of Circularity Gap reports have been illuminating, as they’re showing us the –distressing– tendency of the past years. This third report sparks an alarm for all governments; we need to deploy all the array of policies to really catalyze this transformation.
Carolina Schmidt
Minister for the Environment
The circularity gap is widening, and with it, the climate and biodiversity impacts of our extractive economies. To confront environmental challenges and deliver socio-economic benefi ts, we must rethink how we consume and dispose of materials. This report offers essential metrics to track progress and underlines the key role played by cities and regions in bridging the gap.
Gino van Begin
Secretary General
Despite two years of concentrated eff orts and pockets of success, circularity’s global impact is not big enough. This report provides a clear roadmap for action. Countries, cities and businesses can step up as change agents to accelerate circularity locally and globally. But, governments and businesses alike must engage in far-reaching, cross-border collaborations for circular value chains and climate neutrality.
Frans van Houten
CEO and Co-chair of PACE

Latest Updates

February 3, 2020
How can we advance up the ladder toward a circular economy in the Netherlands?
This is the core theme of the Circular Economy National Conference taking place today in the Hague, where Circle Economy is taking to the stage alongside its partner The Goldschmeding Foundation.
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January 21, 2020
Our world is now only 8.6% circular
The global economy is consuming 100 billion tonnes of materials a year for the first time ever, but the cycling rate of resources has gone into reverse.
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May 31, 2019
Circle Economy launches first gap report for nation states
In May, Circle Economy launched the first successful circularity scan of a nation state: The Circularity Gap Report Austria.
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