A Just Transition to Circular EconomyJUST2CE aims at understanding, in a critical and thoughtful way, under which conditions a responsible, inclusive and socially just transition to a circular economy is possible and desirable, what technical, geopolitical and social factors can enable or hamper such transformation and how these aspects can contribute to the development of transitional policy measures. The project will identify enablers and barriers to CE in a number of key strategic sectors – selected among those indicated by the EU Action Plan for Circular Economy – such as food production and waste, water management, critical raw materials and production in complex global supply chains. The results of this analysis will be used to develop a decision support system and macroeconomics analytical tools to design new or improve existing CE practices.
101003491 Grant Agreement. Budget 3,620,040.96€
In the last decade the concept of circular economy has gained prominence in political and corporate discourse around the world. In this paper we have dis- cussed how this idea, in the formulation promoted by European institutions and think tanks is problematic for a number of physical, economic and pol- itical reasons. We claim that the biggest shortcoming of the current CE dis- course is represented by its apolitical framing.