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Workshop 2.3 | Decelerating the throughput: is a circular economy the solution?

The circular economy promises a remedy for continuously increasing resource consumption by shifting away from the dominant, linear logic of economic activity. Its central idea is to decouple resource consumption from economic growth. The transformation processes that are required to realize this vision have been described many times: the approach is conceptually encompassing, but current practises are subdivided. Is there an ideal model of a circular economy? Can we identify practices of a social-ecological circular economy? The workshop discusses which transformative practises actors expect and whether a circular economy helps to comply with the planetary boundaries.

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With discussion inputs from:

  • The contribution of post growth approaches to resource conservation & circular economy
    Bettina Bahn-Walkowiak
    , Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie
  • Circular economy outline – monitoring the transition
    Dr. Maikel Kishna, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency – (PBL)


Chair: Eva Wiesemann, Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
 

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