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Achieving 'Growth Within'

Shifting towards a circular economy could bring many benefits for growth, employment, resource dependency, health and the environment. In the European Union, this restorative and regenerative model has received support from policymakers, who have committed to implementing a long-term strategy. For investors and companies alike, the move towards more circular practices gains greater traction as the associated business opportunities become increasingly tangible.

In an era of sluggish post-crisis recovery and stagnating industrial investment, the transition to a circular economy is a source of innovation and industrial renewal for Europe. The time is right and the EU is uniquely positioned to exploit the full benefits of such a transition. Yet, while pockets of the economy show signs of dynamism, levels of investment in circular economy opportunities are generally too low.

Achieving Growth Within, a new report by SYSTEMIQ in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and sponsored by SUN, has identified ten attractive circular innovation and investment priorities and policy reforms and business actions needed to unlock them. The report was launched at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and focuses on the mobility, food and built environment value chains, which together represent 60 percent of consumer expenditure and 80 percent of resource use.

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