Circular business investments bring both climate-wins and resilient, risk-adjusted returns

By Natalia Mrówczyńska and Marvin Nusseck

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The recent IPCC report issues the starkest climate change warning yet. The pressure to achieve net-zero (carbon neutrality) is mounting. However, decarbonisation and energy efficiency alone will not permit us to reach our greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets. Crucially, a 1.5-degree world must be…

By Laxmi Haigh (Lead of Editorial) and Matthew Fraser (Lead of the Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative)

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Current national climate pledges — Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) — are overwhelmingly focused on the clean energy transition. While these can tackle emissions coming from petrol or diesel cars or electricity generation, 70% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from how we produce everyday goods — and the resources that…

Many opportunities lie in building with — not over — nature

This article was originally published as an Industry Opinion piece on Smart Cities World.

By Noah Baars (Cities analyst) and Laxmi Haigh (Lead of Editorial)

Source: Purple-roof concept

The built environment is responsible for a significant share of environmental degradation: from soaring greenhouse gas emissions, to intensive resource use and biodiversity decline. Buildings are often developed without regard to the ecosystems of which they…

Aside from preserving the last remaining natural places, we need to create new ones — especially in cities.

By Claudia Alessio (Research Analyst, Cities)

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Cities have an incredible opportunity to realign human interests with nature and its biodiversity. Due to the lockdowns of the past year, many people have found a renewed appreciation for green public space and blue skies. Now, some cities are leveraging the opportunity of…

New research suggests we need more nuance in discerning what is circular and what is sustainable

By Olga van Meeteren (Circular Metrics Researcher at Circle Economy)

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Decoupling circularity and sustainability: why your circular business may not be sustainable

Becoming circular is an increasingly popular business idea — and while this is a positive development, companies wrongfully advertising themselves as contributors to a…

Collaboration is essential for accelerating the transition to a circular economy, but it’s not without its challenges

By Ana Birliga Sutherland (Communications Officer and Editor) and Caspar von Daniels (Project Manager Circular Business)

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A shift in the status quo: traditionally built on secrecy, businesses are increasingly collaborating to tackle sustainability…

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