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 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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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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Coming Soon: Norway

Countries are starting to engage with the circular agenda, ranging from individual nation states in Europe, to the giant economy of China. And recent years have witnessed a steady stream of new players adopting circular economy policies and roadmaps. Now is the time to ensure that we lead this action in the right direction. In 2020, Circle Economy will also launch a Circularity Gap Report for Norway.  

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