What is the ideal scenario for circular economy to occur? A case study of the circe project

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The patterns of production and consumption of the linear systems, which rely on increasing resource depletion, can no longer be sustained by the world. Hence, several initiatives and strategies oriented to more sustainable and circular goals, aiming to eliminate waste and manage the excessive extraction of resources, are being implemented. Thus, the circular economy strategy has risen as an alternative to linear systems, since it can reduce material and human footprint by introducing systemic solutions, taking into account societal needs, environmental limits and generating economic opportunities. However, turning the world into circular is not a simple task. It can be stated that there is a huge gap in circularity. In this sense, in order to bridge this gap, initiatives like, CircE project aims to generate action plans and policies in order to tackle barriers and implement solutions to increase the amount of circularity in European countries. Following this trend, the present work identified, within this project, key conditions to draw an Ideal scenario for circular economy to thrive. Therefore, in order to build up an Ideal scenario, it is necessary to identify aspects such as, barriers and opportunities which should be tackled for the development and improvement of circular economy initiatives. Key words: sustainable development, circular economy, circular economy gap, barriers and opportunities, key conditions, ideal scenario.
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