Potential for efficiency gains in 3R and circular economy

Development Policy10 Jun 2010Bas de Leeuw

The working group observed that relative decoupling has been possible in many countries. Absolute decoupling however yet to be seen on a wide scale.

Hopeful signs come from China where good work is being done in eco parks. Chinese paper industry has made significant process as well in water use and traditional pollutants.

More international cooperation needed and global incentives on producer responsibility.

An idea for setting up a material data library was explored. This database could in particular be used for new materials by designers who are planning to use these and inform themselves about the environmental impacts.