Circular Economy - Sustainable Materials Management: A compendium by the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University

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The scope of the compendium covers many parts of the
emerging circular economy. We choose to place considerable
focus on some of the substances that we extract from the
ground – in particular raw materials and critical materials.
We focus on circularity in these areas, because presently
we use too much, too fast, and we are not re-using nearly
enough. In turn, this approach demands that we look at
the technologies that rely on such materials, and how
businesses are innovating to make circularity of materials
a reality.
This document provides many concrete examples of what
we mean by sustainable materials management. We present
cutting edge insights on a range of topics.
• Why raw material supply chains are important to society?
• How circularity can benefit us?
• Where changes in our economies are required?
• Who needs to be involved?
• What businesses are doing to make the circular economy
a reality?
• How governments and regulators can support the circular


  • Kelly Delaney (Editor)
  • David Peck
  • Erika Machacek
  • Jeroen Gillabel
  • Julia L.K. Nußholz
  • Karl Wrancken
  • Katherine Whalen
  • Konstantinos Modis
  • Panos Davris
  • Saskia Manshoven
  • Saskia Sfez
External organisations
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Flemish Institute for Technological Research
  • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • National Technical University of Athens
  • Ghent University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLund
PublisherThe International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Commissioning bodyEuropean Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Number of pages84
ISBN (Electronic)978-91-87357-39-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryPopular science

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