The Circular Economy: a Re-Emerging Industry? [working paper]
Karel Van den Berghe,
Alexander Wandl and
Ellen van Bueren
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This paper underlines the importance of space for the transition towards the circular economy (CE). Policy-makers and industry give most attention to closing material flows, largely ignoring the important spatial implications. The CE requires (re)producing and consuming as locally as possible to avoid problem displacement. This clashes with the general urban land use policy to externalize (re)manufacturing activities. This paper proposes a methodology that combines territorial and network perspectives to understand this conflict. Our results show the importance of place to foster the CE as re-emerging industry combining existing and new activities, offering insights for planning and policy.
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