This report, launched at the World Circular Economy Forum 2017, explores the circular economy from a product perspective, applying a systemic approach and transition theory. Drivers of product design and usage are discussed in the context of emerging consumption trends and business models.
For governance to be effective, it has to address the product life-cycle and the societal context determining it. Indicators and assessment tools are proposed that can help fill the current data and knowledge gaps. Building on the concept as presented in the first EEA circular economy report (EEA, 2016a), “Circular economy in Europe: Developing the knowledge base?”, this report highlights the importance of product-related aspects,
such as eco-design, innovation incentives, business models and production-consumption trends. The focus is on the systemic drivers of product design and use, and their implications for the governance of the transition to a circular economy. You can read the report here.