The circular economy aims to reuse raw materials for as long as possible and to maintain their highest possible value. The Netherlands wants to be fully circular by the year 2050. For a rapid transition to the circular economy, it is important to be able to measure the progress of this transition. That is the goal of the first Circularity Gap Report Netherlands.
This report will build on existing studies and initiatives that are part of the Government-wide Program for the Circular Economy, launched in 2016. The calculation method and visualisations of the report make it possible for the first time to understand the current situation, measures for accelerating the circular the economy and compare the progress of the Netherlands with that of other countries. This provides guidance in achieving set objectives.
Less use of raw materials
A national Circularity Gap Report aims to develop a method for researchers and government agencies within and outside the Netherlands to measure the progress of the reduction in the use of raw materials within one country. The researchers have previously written a Circularity Gap Report with a global scope. The Netherlands is the second country for which a detailed national analysis is being made. The research by Circle Economy, the implementer of this project, also describes the relationship between the circular economy and employment for the first time.
In order to achieve optimal coordination about measuring the Dutch circular economy, Circle Economy is putting together a Dutch coalition of stakeholders from academia, the business community, NGOs and governments. The Circle Economy researchers are analyzing seven areas in the Dutch economy: housing and infrastructure, food, mobility, consumer goods, services, healthcare and communication. This links up with the existing transition agendas, as introduced by the Dutch government.
With the Circularity Gap Report Netherlands, Circle Economy builds on the global Circularity Gap Reports of 2018 and 2019. The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Statistics Netherlands and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will advise the Circle Economy researchers during the project. and thus contribute to the effectiveness of the analysis. The report will be ready in February 2020.
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