EU report: Smarter products+services key to circular economy

23 June 2017

A recently published European Environment Agency (EEA) report stresses that ‘circular’ business models cannot rely on smarter product design alone, but will also require the development of related support services and recycling infrastructure. The report looks specifically at what drives product design and how emerging production and consumption trends can enhance or hamper more circular — and more efficient material use.
Examples are given for a range of products, including buildings, cars, packaging, electronics and business-to-business products, with an emphasis on the use aspect, including sharing, reuse and repair, rather than the source materials (News Item EEA, 6 June 2017).
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