Mission Circular Economy

 

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Efficiency is what we often strive for in our lives - especially in our professional career. With a limited amount of time at our disposal, we try to be as efficient as possible. Unfortunately, when it comes to efficiency in terms of using natural resources, we do not have much to boast about so far.

According to the calculations of the Global Footprint Network, we would need 1.7 Earth of our planet surface to be able to satisfy all our needs if we wanted to maintain our current models of production and consumption. Our global carbon footprint is now 11 times greater than it was in 1961. If current trends do not change, by 2050 we will need two planets. We only have one at our disposal.

Via In itspublication "Towards a Pollution-Free Planet" publication UNEP informs that between 1970 and 2000 the amount of man-made waste has doubled. Global production of plastics – 322 million tonnes per year – has grown more than 20 times since the 1960s. Moreover, European Commission informs in its strategy on plastic management, that the plastics production is still about to double in the next 20 years.

The electronic waste sector, particularly dangerous from the perspective of environmental pollution due to substances harmful to health, reached 50 million tonnes in 2015, and its growth rate is estimated at 4-8%. It is clear that we need new and more environmentally friendly models of production and consumption.

Fortunately, we implement some alternatives already by taking steps towards a circular economy. Circular economy changes the perception of waste which ceases to exist as such - waste means resources, the use of which can reduce the costs of importing fossil fuels or rare minerals.

Closing the cycle is an opportunity to implement innovation in areas such as eco-design or recycling. One of the benefits it will bring is an expected employment growth in the sectors of the future economy. According to the data presented by the European Commission, 30% increase in resource efficiency would enable creating 2 million new jobs in the EU.

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission estimates that thanks to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, it is possible to achieve economic benefits worth up to 12 trillion dollars. The global market for environmentally-friendly goods and services is expected to be worth $ 1.9 trillion by 2020.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that EU member states lose from 70 up to 105 billion Euro annually due to insufficient plastic recycling. In Poland, only 26% of waste was recycled in 2015. If the trend in Polish plastics recycling persists, meeting the obligation to raise the ratio to 50% will be at risk.

Companies can already cut a piece of this huge cake for themselves. By choosing to cooperate with research centers, they can implement new business models and rationalize their use of natural resources. While building competitive advantage on innovation, they have a chance to anticipate legal regulations, that will force those who are lagging behind to incur the costs of their own negligence. They have a chance to become important players in the creation of a modern, green economy.


 

Expert's support in the CIRCULAR ECONOMY mission:

Anna Kołodziejczyk

 

 

Selected, environmental areas of the SDGs are our focus in the MISSIONS of the Partnership "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT". Those areas are devoted to the issues relevant from the perspective of the environment and life on earth, both locally and globally. Members of the "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT" Partnership, implementing environmental MISSIONS by cooperation within initiatives and projects of the "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT". These activities support the fulfillment of tasks, which correspond with the environmental aspects of SDGs'.

 

Initiatives

 

We invite Partners Together for the Environment to get involved in the following initiatives:

Initiative
Eco-gift – a gift for yourself and the environment
Initiative
Workshops: Circular Economy – We’re closing the cycle!
Initiative
Eco-education activities

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