Let’s close the gap on circularity

    By adopting a circular approach to resource management, we can unlock new economic opportunities. Let’s co-create a new era of circularity.

    Creating a new era of circularity to unlock new economic opportunities

    Every year, global resources are being depleted faster than the year before. This results in limited or scarce resources and a global abundance of waste.

    By fundamentally re-thinking how we produce, consume, process and re-use our resources, we can turn the tide and generate new economic opportunities.

    To close the gap, we must enable a new paradigm of low-carbon and recycled building materials. We must increase our global capacity for treating and re-using both water and waste. And we must implement smart low-carbon solutions for energy and heating.

    Let’s co-create a new era of circularity and resource management.

    : €600 bn

    in net savings can be achieved for companies in the EU alone through waste prevention, eco-design and re-use (EMF, 2015)

    Resource management challenges

    • : 50%

      of the world’s extracted raw materials go into the built environment (BBC, 2021)

    • : 2/3

      of the world’s population may face water shortages by 2025 (WWF, 2022)

    • : 75%

      of all energy produced by humanity is squandered as heat waste (Yale, 2018)

    What actions are needed to mainstream circularity & ensure sustainable use of materials?

    Recommended stories on circularity

    • Key drivers and disruptors for circular economy in 2023

      Efforts to mainstream circular practices depend on increased regulation and access to finance.

    • The case for building (next to) nothing

      Build nothing, build less, build clever – exploring the actions needed to slash the embodied carbon gap. 

    • 8 circular actions to cut 60% CO2 in buildings

      With two thirds of global CO2 emissions linked to materials management, the buildings sector can play a key role in slashing emissions through recycling, renovation, and resource optimisation.

    A holistic approach to closing the gap

    Szigetszentmiklós, Hungary - Aerial drone view of tiny fishing island on Lake Kavicsos near Budapest.
    20 Fenchurch Street Building Facing Green Hedge Wall In London, UK

    How we close the circularity gap

    • The world’s most efficient water treatment centre

      The Aarhus Rewater facility pushes the boundaries in sustainable water treatment by generating surplus energy and utilising the resources in wastewater to produce nutrients, proteins, foods, and chemicals. 


    • Scaling recycling to tackle growth in plastic waste

      Globally, only 9% of plastic waste is recycled. A first of its kind plastic recycling facility in Denmark demonstrates that this challenge can be overcome by processing almost half the nation’s plastic waste.


      Quantafuel plastic waste recycling plant in Esbjerg

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