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The world is
9% circular
our global engine is stuck in reverse

Our world is only 9% circular and the trend is negative. The circularity gap is not closing. In 12 months since the launch of the first Circularity Gap Report, the upward trend in resource extraction and greenhouse gas emissions has continued and key indicators confirm that the problems of a linear economy are 'baked in' to the global economy and we are heading in the wrong direction.


On 22 January 2019, Circle Economy launches the second annual Circularity Gap Report in Davos during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. In the report, Circle Economy positions the circular economy as a tool for the paradigm shift we so desperately need. It offers the prospect of a global economy which is regenerative and abundant.


Consumes almost 50% of all global materials annually and generates around 20% of emissions

62% of global greenhouse gasses are emitted during extraction, processing and production of goods

High value machinery consumes more than 50% of all metals and account for 13% of global value creation

Materials, financial value and emissions are closely interlinked in the global economy


"For insight into the dynamics of the circular economy, read the Circularity Gap report. Full of
pioneering concepts, metrics and analysis, it starts to make visible the essential qualities of the 21st
century economy that we must now create.

—  Kate Raworth

Author of the book ‘Doughnut Economics’ and Senior Visiting Research Associate at ECI, University of Oxford

4 actions
to bridge the gap

Translate global trends into national, regional and commercial pathways. This will enable nation-states, regions, cities, industries and business to formulate practical strategies that are aligned to local context, incentives, markets and mandates.


Develop decision metrics and a measurement framework. This will encourage goal-setting, evaluations and peer review, which will, in turn, serve to benchmark performance and track progress against longer-term global ambitions such as the Paris targets and the SDGs.


Facilitate peer-to-peer learning and knowledge transfer. This will accelerate the international dissemination of effective circular economy policies and practices, fostering a collaborative ethos that helps to grow understanding and accelerate uptake.


Build a global coalition for action that is both diverse and inclusive. This will bring together front-running businesses, governments, NGOs and academics to collectively boost capacity and capability, so serving societal needs better and more sustainably.


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Circularity Gap Report Austria


Circle Economy and Alstoff Recycling Austria have joined forces to launch the first national Circularity Gap Report:

a new measurement of progress in the transition to the circular economy. The first national report of this kind addresses three new challenges:

1. Which factors to include in the footprint?

2. Which measurements to encourage behaviour change?

3. Which are helpful to decision-makers?


​Circularity Gap
@ World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019

Circle Economy will launch the Circularity Gap Report during the Circular Economy Dinner at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos 2019. The dinner is co-hosted by Circle Economy, Sitra and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and supported by the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy.

At Circle Economy, we believe in a visionary future for our planet — one in which we do not have to compromise to achieve economic, social, and environmental prosperity. As an impact organisation, we connect and empower a global community to create the conditions for systemic transformation.


With nature as our mentor, we work alongside businesses, cities and governments to identify opportunities to make the transition to the circular economy, and provide a powerful combination of practical and scalable solutions to turn these opportunities into reality.


Our mission is to empower a global community of businesses, cities and governments to accelerate the transition to the circular economy through practical and scalable insights and solutions that address humanity’s greatest challenges.

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The Circularity Gap report is launched by Circle Economy during the World Economic Forum annual meeting 2019 in Davos, Switzerland

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