Understanding the Circular Economy in Europe from Resource Efficiency to Sharing Platforms: The CEPS Framework

Corrado Topi, Igor Taranic, Arno Behrens

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This paper aims to rethink the concept of the ‘circular economy’ through the
prism of its relevance to its many stakeholders, ranging from public and
private actors and mature and emerging industries to cities and regions, SMEs
and multi-sectoral corporations. The paper presents a schematic framework,
which breaks down the circular economy into eight fundamental building
blocks and shows how they are interconnected in relation to the multiplicity
of involved actors. The framework is used to develop recommendations
addressed to European policy-makers on how best to support the transition
towards a circular economy in the EU.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels, Belgium
PublisherCEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies)
Commissioning bodyCEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies)
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6138-535-2
ISBN (Print)978-94-6138-535-2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

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