No climate solution without circular economy

Elżbieta Szczygieł News

Based on presentation written by Joan Prummel

The latest “Global Resource Outlook 2019. Natural resources for the future we want” (2019) presents some facts related with circular economy.

  • 50% of total emissions is related to material use: mining, transport, production of goods and waste disposal (see: Chart 1);
  • 90% of biodiversity loss and water stress are caused by resource extraction and processing;
  • From 2000 to 2015, the climate change and health impacts from extraction and production of metals doubled.

International Resource Panel calculated that a full circular economy will reduce our emissions with at least 60%. Circular economy is not ‘the solution’, but there is no solution without it either.