Implementing the Circular Economy for Sustainable Development

Implementing the Circular Economy for Sustainable Development

1st Edition - November 13, 2020

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  • Author: Hans Wiesmeth
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128217986
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128218044

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Implementing the Circular Economy for Sustainable Development presents the concept of the circular economy with the goal of understanding its present status and how to better implement it, particularly through environmental policies. It first tackles the definition of a circular economy in the context of sustainability and the differences in defining the concept across disciplines, including its fallibilities and practical examples. It then goes on to discuss the implementation of a circular economy, including the increasing variety of technological, mechanical, and chemical procedures to contend with and the need for stakeholder support in addition to improved business models. The second half of the book, therefore, presents tools, approaches, and practical examples of how to shape environmental policy to successfully implement a circular economy. It analyzes deficiencies of current regulations and lays the groundwork for the design of integrated environmental policies for a circular economy. Authored by an expert in environmental economics with decades of experience, Implementing the Circular Economy for Sustainable Development is a timely, practical guide for sustainability researchers and policymakers alike to move more efficiently toward a circular economy and sustainable development.

Key Features

  • Presents a clear view of the critical components, features, and issues of a circular economy
  • Discusses a variety of practical examples from current policies in the context of a circular economy to better understand the challenges associated with its implementation
  • Analyzes strengths and weaknesses of current environmental policies and their interactions with innovations in engineering and science


Professionals, researchers, economists, and policymakers working on sustainability in practice and in industry

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    Part I: The Circular Economy – Concept and Facts
    2. The Circular Economy – Understanding the Concept
    3. The Circular Economy in Literature and Practice
    4. Circular Economy – A Hierarchy of Leaders and Followers
    5. Environmental Regulations with a View on the Circular Economy

    Part II: Integrating the Economy and the Environment
    6. Economic Foundation of a Circular Economy
    7. Allocating Environmental Commodities
    8. Behavioural Environmental Economics
    9. The Economics of Implementing a Circular Economy

    Part III: The Circular Economy in a Technological Context
    10. The Technological Environment of a Circular Economy
    11. Technology and Information
    12. The Rebound Effect and Path Dependencies
    13. The Digital Transformation – An Ongoing Process

    Part IV: Features of Environmental Policies
    14. Environmental Policies for Implementing a Circular Economy
    15. Environmental Standards
    16. Market-Oriented Policy Tools
    17. Holistic Policy Approaches
    18. The Economics of the Waste Hierarchy

    Part V: Implementing a Circular Economy
    19. Where are We on the Road to a Circular Economy?
    20. Packaging Waste in a Circular Economy
    21. WEEE and ELV in a Circular Economy
    22. Climate Change Mitigation in a Circular Economy
    23. Plastics in a Circular Economy
    24. Textiles in a Circular Economy

    Part VI: Concluding Remarks
    25. Circular Economy - A Summary in Times of Corona

Product details

  • No. of pages: 326
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: November 13, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128217986
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128218044

About the Author

Hans Wiesmeth

Dr. Hans Wiesmeth is the President of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Leipzig, Germany, and a professor emeritus of the Faculty of Business and Economics of Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany. He also works as the Academic Director of the Laboratory for International and Regional Economics at Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia. Dr. Wiesmeth has visited many international universities, including the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, and York University, Toronto, Canada. He has participated in various national and international research projects, including EU projects on environmental issues such as waste management and renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, The Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Leipzig, Germany

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