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.