The fifth Factor X publication from the Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), The Impossibilities of the Circular Economy provides an overview of the limits to the circular economy, emphasising the relationship between integrated resource use and more systemic leadership-management approaches.
On a European level, the book ties into the recent European Green Deal and aims to empower actors across sectors and EU member countries to transition from existing linear models of value capture and expression to more systemic-circular solutions of value capture and expression. The volume provides a hands-on contribution towards building the knowledge and skill sets of current and future decision-makers who face these complex-systemic crises in their day-to-day business. The book further provides access to best practices from cutting-edge research and development findings, which will empower decision-makers to develop a more sustainable and equitable economy.
Providing solutions for a more sustainable economy, this book is essential reading for scholars and students of natural resource use, sustainable business, environmental economics and sustainable development, as well as decision-makers and experts from the fields of policy development, industry and civil society.
The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available
under a Creative Commons Attribution- Non Commercial- No Derivatives 4.0 license.
PART 1: WHAT WE DREAM OF!
1. Circularity dreams: denying physical realities
- Reinier de Man
2. Does waste equal food? Examining the feasibility of circular economy in the food industry
- Helen Kopnina, Francesco Boatta, Mariusz Baranowski, and Floris de Graad
3. 'The impossible dream’: can the circular economy alone solve waste management complexities of the Global South?
- Aneta Slaveikova Nikolova and David Ness
4. The entropic nature of the economic process: a scientific explanation of the blunder of circular economy
- Mario Giampietro
5. The impossibility of circular recycling
- Jonas Huether, Charlotte Joachimsthaler, and Martin Faulstich
PART 2: WHAT ARE OUR BLIND SPOTS?
6. Circular economy, sustainability and functional differentiation: an impossibility and its strategic-methodological implications
- Monika Gonser and Christoph Hinske
7. Circularity is not sustainability: how well-intentioned concepts distract us from our true goals, and how SiD can help navigate that challenge
- Tom Bosschaert
8. Circular Economy: from panacea for sustainability to conceptual and resource realities
- Theodoros Semertzidis
9. Some observations on the current Circular Economy model: in particular, the mineral-metal-material stream blind spots
- Simon P. Michaux and Alan R. Butcher
10. Circular economy leadership: leadership mindsets and behaviours – the unseen impossibility
- Maureen Metcalf and Christoph Hinske
11. Can there be a responsible narrative about the circular economy?
- Roger Strand
12. Who has discursive agency to change global environmental narratives? Insights from the China-EU cooperation discourse on circular economy
- Anran Luo
13. Brazil's structural issues in advancing the circular economy: the case of biogas
- Laís Forti Thomaz, Nathália Fernandes Pimentel, and Suzana Borshiver
PART 3: WHAT WE NEED TO STRESS MORE!
14. The Circular Economy should finally demand the impossible
- Lisa Doeland
15. System leadership for overcoming the impossibilities of a circular economy
- Christopher Beehner
16. From closed to open systems: applying systems thinking to reframe strategic decision-making
- Sandra Hoomans and Martin Welp
17. Truly circular economies require deep collaboration: the principles underlying successful circular economies
- James L. Ritchie-Dunham
18. Development and implementation of resource labelling
- Klaus M. Dosch and Alexa K. Lutzenberger
19. Circularity’s stumbling blocks: how stuttering implementation and socio-metabolic root causes adversely interact
- Willi Haas
PART 4: WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DO WE SEE?
20. Global resource use and the future: any room for the circular economy?
- Harald U. Sverdrup, Ole van Allen, and Anna Hulda Olafsdottir
21. Regenerative economy: the embedding of circularity
- Daniel Dahm
22. Circular Economy through a system change lens
- Tilmann Vahle, Janez Potocnik, and Martin Stuchtey
23. Practising circular economy: stumbling blocks for circulation and recycling
- Henning Friege and Klaus Kuemmerer
24. Implementation of refuse derived fuel technology toward achieving sustainable circular economy: potentials and compatibility in Bangladesh.
- ANM Safiqul Alam
25. From profit to prosperity: making the impossible possible through integral investing
- Mariana Bozesan
26. Coming full circle: putting the social into circular economy
- Corinna Vosse