There is only one planet Earth, yet by 2050, the world will be consuming as if there were three. The transition to a circular economy will reduce pressure on natural resources, create sustainable growth and jobs, and is necessary to achieve the EU’s 2050 climate neutrality target and to halt biodiversity loss.

Moving away from the linear “take-make-use-dispose” model and transitioning to a regenerative growth model is essential to keep resource consumption within planetary boundaries. In a circular economy, the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the generation of waste is minimized.

The current linear economy continually increases its demands of scarce natural resources. By using and consuming in a more circular way, we can substantially reduce the impacts of human economic activities on the environment, including on biodiversity.

The circular economy will help us decouple economic growth from resource use, protecting Europe’s natural resources while boosting sustainable growth. It will help the European Union to strive to reduce its consumption footprint and double its circular material use rate in the coming decade.

The circular economy will:

  • enable an healthier planet and reduce pollution
  • reduce pressure on natural resources such as water and land use
  • reduce emissions to help the EU become the first climate-neutral continent
  • create new business opportunities and local quality jobs
  • enable more resilient value chains


Up to 80%  

the current circular material use rate in the EU (*)



 The EU is dependent 100% on imports from China for refined rare earth elements and refined magnesium (**)

of products’ environmental impacts are determined at the design phase (*)



For many specialty metals and rare-earth elements, such as lithium, gallium and neodymium, the end-of-life recycling input rate is only around 1% (**)

*) European Commission - Circular Economy
**) Publications Office of the European Union, 2023 © European Union, 2023  - "Circular Economy - New tools for measuring progress" PDF ISBN 978-92-68-03252-7 doi:10.2779/1618 KH-05-23-171-EN-N
- April 2024 -

Circular Economy enables
resilient value chains


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