Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency

In recent years, circular economy (CE) and resource efficiency (RE) have become central to the G7 / G20 process and the sustainable development agenda, as well as the response to climate change. A circular economy aims to realise resource circulation. It is not a one-way, but a circulative flow in procurement, production, consumption, disposal through recycling, reuse, reproduction, resource-saving product development, and sharing.

What's New

Policy Report
G7 Resource Efficiency Alliance Members
This synthesis report has been produced as a follow-up activity of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency on both the Toyama Framework on Material Cycles (2016) and the 5-year Bologna Roadmap (2017) adopted at the G7 Environment Ministers’ Meetings, conducted under an initiative of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. Reports on actions by the...
Fact Sheet
This factsheet was developed as a follow-up of the Toyama Framework on Material Cycles and the 5-year Bologna Roadmap produced by the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency under the initiative of Ministry of the Environment, Japan. The results were compiled by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Full report on “Our Actions for a...
Actions on Plastic Waste
27 February 2019
Addressing climate change will require radical changes in lifestyles: new report by international consortium of research institutes
25 February 2019


Keyword 01: International policy trends of Resource Efficiency/ Circular Economy with focus on policy development

Resource Efficiency (RE) and Circular Economy (CE) are now under the spotlight in the international community. The increased global attention to RE and CE has been triggered by the EU’s Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe (2011), and its Circular Economy Policy Package (2015). This Keyword document provides an overview of current global policy trends on RE and CE, as well as Japan's actions for CE.

Relevant Events

Date Activity Venue
8-10 Oct 2019 G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue 2019 and Follow-up of G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter

Tokyo, JAPAN

5-6 May 2019 G7 Environment Ministers Meeting

Metz, France

3-5 June 2019 World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019) Helsinki, Finland
15-16 June 2019 G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth in 2019 Nagano, Japan

Associated Publications