In the unparalleled response to the Covid-19 pandemic, trillions in economic stimulus have been made available around the world.

Calls for a recovery that is in alignment with other global challenges have never been louder, and many see a rare opportunity to build a resilient and low-carbon economic recovery.

Achieving this goal requires governments to take critical actions that focus on safeguarding national economies during crises, and pave the way towards a wider economic transformation that is more resilient against future global risks.

The circular economy, as a tangible way of achieving this vision, is now more relevant than ever.

Circular economy and the Covid-19 recovery

The Circular economy and the Covid-19 recovery paper highlights:

How policymakers can pave the way to a low-carbon and prosperous future by:

  • Setting a common direction of travel: a resilient recovery with the circular economy
  • Fostering collaboration to obtain system-level solutions
  • Shaping incentives to enable a circular, low-carbon economy
  • Unlocking circular investment opportunities to meet key public priorities (highlighting 10 circular investment opportunities)

Ten circular economy investment opportunities

The built environment

1. Renovation and upgrade of buildings

2. Building materials reuse and recycling infrastructure

Mobility

3. Multimodal mobility infrastructure

4. Automotive refurbishment, remanufacturing, and repair infrastructure

Plastic packaging

5. Innovative reuse business models for plastic packaging

6. Plastic collection, sorting, and recycling infrastructure

Fashion

7. Rental and resale business models for clothing

8. Clothing collection, sorting, and recycling infrastructure

Food

9. Tools enabling farmers to shift to regenerative agricultural production

10. Food surplus and by-production collection, redistribution, and valorisation infrastructure

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