The report Delivering the circular economy: a toolkit for policymakers, describes a step-by-step methodology and demonstrates its application through a case study in Denmark.

The circular economy offers business leaders and governments a clear opportunity for long-term growth that is less dependent on cheap materials and energy, and which can restore and regenerate natural capital. This report complements the published report Growth Within: A circular economy vision for a competitive Europe by providing an actionable toolkit for policymakers.

The report provides a step-by-step methodology including 11 tools, which aim to:

  • Assess a country’s circular economy starting position, define its ambition level, and select focus areas

  • Systematically screen, sector-by-sector, circular economy opportunities, identify barriers that limit these opportunities and analyse policy options to overcome these barriers

  • Assess economy-wide implications.

The executive summary including the key learnings, key charts, and an interactive version of the full report may be downloaded below.


Delivering the circular economy

A toolkit for policy makers

Executive Summary


Delivering the circular economy

Selection of key exhibits

Key Exhibits


Delivering the circular economy

Full digital report



What has happened since the release of the Toolkit?

In 2018, the Foundation is developing a new research initiative that further explores the six policy intervention types that were identified in the Toolkit for Policymakers. The goal is to evaluate and analyse the current policy landscape, promote useful resources and contribute to a wider critical discussion on these circular economy levers.

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How has the Toolkit been used so far?

  • Since the release of the Toolkit for Policymakers, the methodology has been used across a wide variety of projects and government types, e.g. for the Interreg project CirCE. The project involves eight regional and local partners using the Toolkit to increase the capabilities of their policy instruments.

  • The case study of Denmark applies the tools presented in the methodology and evaluates opportunities in five focus sectors: food and beverage; construction and real estate; machinery; plastic packaging, and hospitals.

    • You can download the full Danish Case Study and Infographics below



Potential for Denmark as a circular economy

Case Study



Info Graphics



How can I apply the Toolkit?

Resourcing and funding are often the most limiting factors for policymakers and public servants to perform a meaningful assessment of circular economy potential and policymaking in their region. The plug-and-play tools facilitates such assessments for the steps where it is most needed.


Want to know more about the ‘plug-and-play’ tools? Download here


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