Handbook of the Circular Economy


Handbook of the Circular Economy

9781788972710 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Miguel Brandão, Associate Professor of Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Assessment, Göran Finnveden, Professor of Environmental Strategic Analysis, Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering (SEED) and Vice-President for Sustainable Development, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and David Lazarevic, Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Policy Centre, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Finland
Publication Date: December 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 271 0 Extent: c 560 pp
This crucial Handbook brings together the latest thinking on the circular economy, an area that has increasingly caught global attention. Contributors explore a broad range of themes such as recycling systems and new business models, as well as consolidating the many ways in which the topic has been dealt with in research, business and policy-making. The Handbook of the Circular Economy is not only relevant, but also essential for students, academics, and policy-makers trying to make sense of the plethora of ways in which the term has been applied and interpreted.

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This crucial Handbook investigates an urgent area for policy-makers, academia and industries alike: the circular economy. International experts on the subject bring together the latest thinking on this critical global issue.

Providing a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms and consequences of the circular economy, as well as its limitations, it raises important questions concerning how the world should proceed when non-renewable resources, such as fossil fuels and minerals, are being depleted and the environment is struggling to cope with the waste and emissions of unsustainable production and consumption systems. Contributors explore a broad range of themes, such as new sustainable production and consumption systems, new design requirements, recycling systems, new business models and the social impacts of the circular economy, while also consolidating the many ways in which the topic has been dealt with in research, business and policy-making.

Shedding light on a concept that has become increasingly relevant during the last decade, the Handbook of the Circular Economy is essential reading for students, academics and policy-makers trying to make sense of the plethora of ways in which the term has been applied and interpreted.
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‘In the present tsunami of new publications on the circular economy, this book sticks out through the broad analysis with regard to topics and regions covered by case studies. Let us hope that the book will motivate managers, policy-makers, educators, material scientists and economists to look at the present slowdown as a facilitator to change course towards a more sustainable and resilient society, towards a circular economy.’
– Walter R. Stahel, Product-Life Institute Geneva, Switzerland and University of Surrey, UK
Contributors include: G. Aid, S. Anderberg, H. André, M.S. Andersen, D. Andrews, F.M.A. Asif, B. Augusto, A. Azapagic, M. Babri, J. Barrie, N.M.P. Bocken, D. Böckin, C. Borrego, M. Berglund, H. Birgisdottir, A. Björklund, M. Brandão, N. Buclet, C. Boks, J. Camacho-Otero, L. Chamberlin, S. Coelho, H. Corvellec, A. Cowie, P. Ekholm, T. Ekvall, G. Finnveden, B.M Frostell, A. Gallego-Schmid, D. Gerasimenko, R. Geyer, P. Ghisellini, W. Haas, K. Hobson, S. Hoge, P.J. Joyce, J. Judl, W. Kanda, T.K.M. Karppinen, P. Kautto, A. Klitkou, J. Korhonen, J. Krook, D. Laner, R. Laurenti, D. Lazarevic, S. Lingegård, M. Ljunggren Söderman, M. Lopes, S. Luostarinen, J. Maier, T. Malmqvist, E. Markelova, M. Martin, L. Martinsen, A. Mayer, J.M.F. Mendoza, A.I. Miranda, A. Moncaster, R. Momot, T. Myllymaa, S. Pauliuk, K. Pitkänen, S. Rafael, A. Rashid, F. Rasmussen, J. Reis, M. Roci, S. Schmidt, S.W. Short, A. Silva, J. Singh, R. Sinha, K. Skånberg, H.I. Stål, N. Svensson, A.-M. Tillman, V.S.C. Tunn, T. Turunen, S. Turunen, S. Ulgiati, H. Valve, D. Virag, B. Wallsten, D. Wiedenhofer, A. Wijkman, S. Willskytt, Z. Zink



1. Introduction and Overview
Miguel Brandão, David Lazarevic and Göran Finnveden

2. The circular economy: a strategy to reconcile economic and environmental objectives?
David Lazarevic and Miguel Brandão

3. Circular Economy as a Complex Adaptive System
Jouni Korhonen

4. The role of design as a barrier to and enabler of the circular economy
Deborah Andrews

5. Industrial symbiosis networks: application of circular economy for resource efficiency
Michael Martin

6. Product service systems – business models towards a circular economy
Sofia Lingegård

7. Consumers in the circular economy
Juana Camacho-Otero, Vivian S. C. Tunn, Lucy Chamberlin and Casper Boks

8. Material flow analysis of recycling systems
Sarah Schmidt and David Laner

9. An element flow analysis approach to support the circular economy
Rajib Sinha, Rafael Laurenti, Jagdeep Singh and Björn M Frostell

10. Modelling material recycling in life cycle assessment: how sensitive are results to the available methods?
Tomas Ekvall and Miguel Brandão

11. Environmental economic assessment of novel circular economy and bio-economy technologies
Mikael Skou Andersen and Louise Martinsen

12. Integrated sustainability assessment of a circular economy
Kristian Skånberg, Anders Wijkman, Mårten Berglund, Göran Finnveden and Miguel Brandão

13. Sex, drugs and circular economy: what are the social impacts of the circular economy and how to measure them?
Kati Pitkänen, Tiina Kaisa Maria Karppinen, Petrus Kautto, Sara Turunen, Jachym Judl and Tuuli Myllymaa

14. Why and how actors and organizations need to be integrated into a systems-level monitoring for a sustainable circular economy
Dominik Wiedenhofer, Stefan Pauliuk, Andreas Mayer, Doris Virag and Willi Haas

15. Circular economy rebound
Jason Maier, Roland Geyer, Trevor Zink

16. Between a policy mix and a policy mess: policy instruments and instrumentation for the circular economy
Petrus Kautto and David Lazarevic

17. The missing link – regulating waste-based materials in the circular economy
Topi Turunen

18. Building ecologies of circular intermediaries
Jack Barrie and Wisdom Kanda

19. Transforming business models: towards a sufficiency-based circular economy
Nancy M.P. Bocken and Samuel W. Short

20. Putting circular ambitions into action: the case of Accus, a small Swedish sign company
Hervé Corvellec, Maira Babri and Herman I. Stål

21. From waste management to natural capital management in the circular economy
Graham Aid and David Lazarevic

22. Refurbishing “Circular Economy” concept in Russia: from industrial policy towards innovation by co-creation
Darya Gerasimenko, Ekaterina Markelova and Raisa Momot

23. Circular economy at the heart of French sustainable public policies: which consequences?
Nicolas Buclet

24. How Portugal is applying the circular challenge
Carlos Borrego, Sandra Rafael, Sílvia Coelho, Bruno Augusto, Afonso Silva, Johnny Reis, Ana Isabel Miranda and Myriam Lopes

25. What circular economy measures fit what kind of product?
Anne-Marie Tillman, Siri Willskytt, Daniel Böckin, Hampus André and Maria Ljunggren Söderman

26. Circular Manufacturing Systems
Amir Rashid, Malvina Roci and Farazee M. A. Asif

27. The circular nutrient economy: needs and potentials of nutrient recycling
Helena Valve, Petri Ekholm and Sari Luostarinen

28. Understanding forest-based value creation in a regional context
Antje Klitkou

29. Bioenergy in the circular economy
Annette Cowie

30. Do bioenergy, bioeconomy and circular economy systems mitigate climate change? Insights from Life Cycle Assessment
Miguel Brandão

31. Straw Wars – A Consequential Saga
The Life Cycle Climate Change Consequences of Replacing Plastic with Paper
Simon Hoge and Miguel Brandão

32. Circularity in the built environment – a call for a paradigm shift
Tove Malmqvist, Alice Moncaster, Freja Rasmussen and Harpa Birgisdottir

33. Implementation of a circular economy at universities
Joan Manuel F. Mendoza, Alejandro Gallego-Schmid and Adisa Azapagic

34. A life-cycle perspective on the environmental aspects of complex, emerging resource recovery systems: the case of bauxite residue
P. James Joyce and Anna Björklund

35. Urban mining – on the potential and multifaceted challenges of facilitating recycling of wire-based city infrastructure
Joakim Krook, Björn Wallsten, Niclas Svensson and Stefan Anderberg

36. Beyond the ‘consumer’: enlarging the role of the citizen in the Circular Economy
Kersty Hobson

37. Managing the transition to the circular economy
Patrizia Ghisellini and Sergio Ulgiati

38. Prospects for the Circular Economy and Conclusions
Miguel Brandão, David Lazarevic and Göran Finnveden


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