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Circular Economy

This Policy Brief is the first in a Smart Prosperity Institute series on the circular economy and Canada. It is an introduction to the circular economy concepts and landscape, written for both government and business audiences. It provides a foundation in the key concepts of the circular economy (section 2), including a look at how these fit with the Clean Growth model that is the focus of present Canadian efforts to shift to

a more environmentally sustainable economy (Box 1, the topic for a future Brief in this series).

In March 2018 RCO co-hosted a workshop with Toronto to demonstrate how procurement links with the circular economy and waste reduction through engaging presentations and sector case studies, as well as other opportunities:

  • variety of workshop exercises on procurement
  • examination of roadmaps that integrate circular economy principles into procurement
  • evidence of benefits and learn how to quantify them in economic, social, and environmental terms
  • how resource efficiency and circularity can be delivered in practic

Now is the most exhilarating time to be an innovator.

You might be questioning the health of our organisations, social systems, and business models. With good reason: companies are currently deeply rooted in a linear approach to growth - make, use, dispose.

The future is uncertain. As the global population is projected to hit 9 billion by 2050, tensions over resources like food, water and energy are likely to swell along with it. Meanwhile, earth has reached what scientists deem the climate tipping point - and evidence suggests the carbon concentrations in our atmosphere may be permanent. Read more

 

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