A Circular Economy within the planetary boundaries: towards a resource-based, systemic approach

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Circular Economy (CE) is the buzzword of today, promising an economy able to prosper on limited resources by closing material cycles. However, there is no guarantee that simple strategies of material cycling, as propagated by the various definitions of this concept, will indeed lead to an economy able to manage the world's resources, pollution and societal demand within environmentally sustainable levels. Based on the shortcomings of the present mainstream definitions of CE, this paper proposes an integrative, cascading, resource-based approach aimed at an environmentally sustainable and socially beneficial economy. The international community agrees on the necessity to maintain the current environmental equilibrium to ensure equity for future generations and to allow human well-being and dignity already in the present. Accordingly, physical and environmental limitations are identified, that are to be …

Authors Design, Harald; Brunner, Dunia; Takacs, Fabian; Nahrath, Stephane; Frankenberger, Karolin & Hirschier, Roland
Journal or Publication Title Resources, Conservation and Recycling
Language English
Subjects business studies
social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area None
Refereed Yes
Date 4 April 2020
Publisher Elsevier
Volume 155
Page Range 104673
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.104673
Official URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.104673
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger
Date Deposited 30 Jan 2020 22:21
Last Modified 30 Jan 2020 22:27
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/259187

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Design, Harald; Brunner, Dunia; Takacs, Fabian; Nahrath, Stephane; Frankenberger, Karolin & Hirschier, Roland (2020) A Circular Economy within the planetary boundaries: towards a resource-based, systemic approach. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 155 104673.

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