Spearheading research to define key jobs and skills for the Circular Economy

A transition to the circular economy is essential to fight climate change and achieve sustainable growth. The Amsterdam-based social enterprise, Circle Economy, believes that cities play a pivotal role in adopting the circular economy and to create wellbeing for people and the planet. To ensure that policy makers and governments know how and where to implement the circular economy there is a need for practical tools to measure it. In light of this, Erasmus University and Circle Economy are spearheading the research to define the key jobs and skills that will play a role in the transition. (…)


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In light of the economic crisis of 2008, recent political shifts and current global trends, the benefits that the circular economy can provide from a socio-economic perspective have become increasingly important. The circular economy plays a pivotal role in overcoming these challenges as it enables city leaders to provide enough fulfilling and meaningful jobs for an exponentially growing population. As such, citizens become empowered to provide for their families in a liveable and healthy environment while at the same time attracting innovative businesses to cities and enticing collaboration throughout them. For this reason, Circle Economy and Erasmus University have prioritised how to quantify and define key jobs and skills for the circular economy within the Circle Dashboard.

810.000 Dutch Jobs Are Currently Circular

The joint research by Erasmus University and Circle Economy shows that 8.1% of all jobs in the Netherlands are currently circular. This total number comprises all kinds of jobs in different sectors, from waste management to creative industries.

Through this research we now know that 90% of all jobs in the Netherlands are not circular and do not contribute to the circular economy. The Netherlands has huge potential when it comes to the circular economy, but we will have to put in extra effort in order to increase the size and impact of the circular workforce across sectors. Further research by Circle Economy and Erasmus University will bring to light which skills are needed to be able to implement the circular economy and allow the Dutch and local governments to accelerate the transition. (…)