Why We Need a Transformative Circular Economy

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub
Commentary (Op. Ed)
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The sustainability transition requires transformative systemic change, shifting away from mass production and consumption towards the dematerialization of production processes and maximizing the value and longevity of materials and products.

Bold leadership is needed to move towards a new economic and social system that decouples economic prosperity and well-being from resource consumption and environmental degradation, as called for in SDG target 8.4.

Transformative policies and regulations followed by action are needed to foster the development of a more holistic, impactful, and transformative circular economy at a planetary scale.

Rannveig Edda