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Study on the Contribution of the Circular Economy to EU Climate Policies

Evere, Belgium, 17 October 2019


EASME wishes to enter into a service contract in order to produce a study on the contribution of the circular economy to EU climate policies.
The general objective of the study is to feed into the reflection over the contribution of the circular economy to addressing climate change, primarily climate change mitigation, but also adaptation, through a methodology leading to an analytical framework and strengthening the theoretical work on the quantification of circularity’s contribution to addressing climate change. This study will focus exclusively on future GHG emissions.

This study must open and broaden the debate on how to address the nexus between climate change and circularity; it must offer a flexible, replicable framework to analyse and quantify it at the end of the process. The objective is to contribute to current research and support convergence towards a harmonised, uncontroversial way of addressing the issue. The objective of this study is however not to provide with a “silver bullet” which could answer the question of the relationship between climate change and circularity in a simplistic manner; nor is it to close the discussion with a figure encapsulating a very complex reality in a misleading way. This nexus is very intricate; no simple answers can be provided, neither in quantification nor in methodological terms.

The study must therefore aim at proposing a framework for assessing both the climate change mitigation and adaptation impacts of a number of circularity measures, also offering sectors that will not be covered in this analysis the opportunity to replicate the methodological approach and assess their own climate change impact through circularity in an open and flexible way. In the longer term, the analytical framework offered in this study will ideally become increasingly robust and encapsulate an ever-growing part of the economy as more sectors use it and apply it to their own, specific situation; the final aim is to set a common methodology to assess those impacts in a horizontal and systematic way across the EU.

It has the following specific objectives:

  • Provide the methodological analysis framework;

  • Test it to quantify the impact of circularity on climate change mitigation and adaptation and quantify the cost of emission abatements triggered by circularity.


  • Work package 1 (WP1): Preparatory and methodological activities

  • Work package 2 (WP2): Test of the analysis framework for climate change mitigation

  • Work package 3 (WP3): Test of the analysis framework for climate change adaptation

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