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Conceptualizing, implementing and measuring the Circular Economy from the micro to the macro level

Circularity3 aims to deliver recommendations for a successful implementation of environmentally beneficial circular economy measures. After a thorough conceptualization, the analysis of technological, economic and societal/political interactions within the circular economy will lead to a better understanding of socio-economic preconditions and a quantification of potential environmental benefits. This is achieved by breaking down the complexity of the circular economy concept into comparable but complementary case studies along the dimensions of value chains/implementation logic of CE measures, economic aggregation level and countries. Electronics and electric vehicle batteries serve as one well established and one relatively new value chain, respectively, which will be exemplarily studied. The current state of circularity will be analyzed for these value chains on the innovation/micro, sector/meso and economy-wide/macro level for the participating countries of Germany, Thailand, Turkey, Chinese Taipei and Japan. This overview enables the identification of focus areas. A large toolbox of scientific methods will be used by the partners to conduct case studies and gain a detailed understanding of the technological, economic and societal/political interactions within those focus areas. A comparison of similar case studies (a) in different countries, (b) on different levels and (c) with different application cases will lead to new and systematic insights for the specific focus areas. After consolidation of results and evaluation on the system level, general recommendations will be provided. To ensure the usefulness and applicability of results, the research process is accompanied by a continuous exchange with relevant stakeholders covering the two application cases, the three economic levels and the participating countries. Furthermore, the stakeholders will receive results in the form of practical recommendations on how to advance the circular economy in their specific field of action as well as methods to measure progress and quantify environmental benefits.

Projektdauer: 36 Monate, von 06/2023 bis 05/2026

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  • Loibl Antonia, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany
  • Helbig Christoph, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Kazancoglu Yigit, Yasar University, Turkey
  • Ma Hwong-wen, National Taiwan University, Chinese Taipei
  • Matsumoto Mitsutaka, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
  • Pharino Chanathip, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Virginia Leineweber

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