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Delivering the circular economy: a toolkit for policymakers

Updated on 09.02.2023

This report provides an actionable toolkit for policymakers who wish to embark on a circular economy (CE) transformation. It identifies eight key insights, details policy options, opportunities and barriers, and demonstrates how the tools may be applied in a pilot study of Denmark.

Author: Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Year of update: 2015

More information

The report is structured in three parts. The methodology for policymakers to accelerate the transition to a CE is presented in Part 2 of the document. It is a how-to guide for policymakers who want to design a strategy to accelerate the transition towards a CE. The steps outlined in the methodology have been designed to be implemented consecutively. However, policymakers could also pick one or a few of the tools and use them – to a certain extent – standalone or in a different order.

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

The methodology outlined in the report can help define sectorial and economy-wide CE policies that are in alignment with each other, therefore supporting the development and implementation of local/regional Circular Systemic Solutions.

How to use this tool or method

The report offers a detailed step-by-step methodology to explore and prioritise CE opportunities, quantify their impact, identify the barriers limiting these opportunities, and map and prioritise the policy interventions to overcome these barriers. There is also a section discussing when and how to engage relevant stakeholders, and also a section for policymakers considering how to tailor this methodology to their specific circumstances (e.g. to incorporate regional differences).