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The power of countries to close the Circularity Gap

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Why CGR Countries?

Countries are leading change agents for the circular transition. They have the mandate to develop national legislation, can create an enabling environment and incentives to drive the transition, and are the leading actors in supranational and multilateral coordination. As lead investors in infrastructure, government buildings and assets, their procurement strategy can kick-start circularity at scale. This makes countries critical facilitators to help close the global Circularity Gap. 

Circularity Gap Report for Countries 

More and more countries are recognising the circular economy as a means to make their economies more competitive, improve living conditions for growing populations, help meet emissions targets and avoid deforestation. But how countries reach an ecologically safe and socially just development space for their people varies greatly. The Circularity Gap Report for Countries provides insight into the best interventions to boost circularity on a national level and the tools to monitor progress. 

The case of Quebec

Quebec is just 3.5% circular, but circular economy strategies have the potential to halve Quebec’s yearly resource consumption of 271 million tonnes and double its circularity rate.

The first regional Circularity Gap Report published in partnership with RECYC-QUÉBEC presents six scenarios to narrow Quebec's Circularity Gap. While the world’s circularity sits at 8.6%, the Canadian province of Quebec trails behind—cycling just 3.5% of the materials it consumes. This is according to our new Circularity Gap Report Quebec, which deep dives into the intricacies of the province’s economy—pinpointing opportunities to jump start its own circular journey. The report presents circular strategies across six key sectors, and highlights how Quebec's circularity can climb from 3.5% to 9.8%, further outlining the co-benefits this transformational shift could bring. This first regional Circularity Gap Report shines a light on the power of provinces, positioning Quebec as a key agent for change and promising incubator for circularity.
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The case of Norway

At 2.4%, Norway's circularity rate is below global average (8.6%). 97.6% of materials consumed each year are never cycled back into the Norwegian economy.

With the climate emergency and the EU's decision to strive for full circularity looming over Norway, the need for a circular transition is urgent. Our report reveals that the country has the potential to increase its circularity up twenty times and become a pioneer in the circular economy. It dives into six scenarios that could contribute to the necessary changes towards a sustainable, circular economy.
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The case of the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a global frontrunner in the race to circularity with a Circularity Metric of 24.5%. However, the government has ambitious goals: an economy that is 50% circular by 2030 and 100% circular by 2050. The Circularity Gap Report, the Netherlands, recommends wide-ranging ways in which the economy can pivot away from its linear habits across four key sectors: agriculture, construction, manufacturing and energy. The suggested strategies could triple the Dutch metric from 24.5% to 70%.
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The case of Austria

The Circularity Gap Report Austria is the first in which the global methodology was applied to an individual country and provides the Austrian political and business arena with an evidence base to explore the path towards circularity. The report identifies which interventions may be best placed to improve circularity and provides suggested measures that could boost Austria's circularity rate from the current 9.7% to an estimated 37.4%.
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