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The OECD Inventory of Circular Economy indicators

Updated on 26.06.2023

The OECD Inventory of Circular Economy Indicators collects 474 circular economy (CE)-related indicators, between 2018 and 2020. Collected indicators belong to 29 CE studies of which eight are applied at the national level, eight at the regional level and 11 at the local level.

Author: OECD
Year of publication: 2020

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The OECD inventory includes indicators signalled by respondents of the OECD Survey on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions. As per the geographical scope, most of the indicators are from European sources, but the inventory also includes available sources from North and South America (Canada, Chile and Colombia). The inventory is intended to be a dynamic tool that will be updated, following the progress cities, regions and national governments are making in measuring advancements towards CE.

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

The OECD inventory gathers input, process and output indicators employed by governments at different levels to monitor and evaluate the progress of existing CE strategies. The inventory provides an overview of CE measurement frameworks. It helps identify measurement gaps and can be a source of inspiration for governments wishing to develop or use indicators to improve CE-related policies. In addition, public authorities can draw inspiration from these indicators when defining an indicator framework to monitor the progress of Circular Systemic Solutions implementation.


CEAP2 key product value chain

CEAP2 key product value chain

CEAP2 key product value chain

CEAP2 key product value chain

built environment, CEAP2 key product value chain

CEAP2 key product value chain

CEAP2 key product value chain

CEAP2 key product value chain

e.g. chemicals, cosmetics, bio-based industries

e.g. electrical engineering, furniture and interior, textile and fashion

e.g. B2B services

e.g. healthcare

including bio-based economy

e.g. re-use of public spaces and facilities in urban areas

digital tools facilitating CE transition

Territories involved

large 500 000-200 000, medium 200 000-50 000, and small cities 50 000-5 000

large metropolitan area >1.5 million, metropolitan area 1.5 million-500 000

predominantly urban regions, intermediate and predominantly rural regions, refer to TERCET typology NUTS 3 region