Improving the understanding of Circular Economy potential at territorial level using Systems Thinking
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Author/sBassi, Dr. Andrea Maria; Bianchi, Dr. Marco; Guzzetti, Mr. Marco; Pallaske, Mr. Georg; Tapia, Dr. Carlos
Causal Loop Diagrams
The definition of Circular Economy (CE) has evolved over time. It includes intervention options for reducing consumption, improving the efficiency of production, introducing recycling and reuse for materials management, including new business models geared at waste prevention. With the use of Systems Thinking and the creation of Causal Loop Diagrams (CLDs) we explore how CE strategies are related to territorial dynamics and how the outcomes of such strategies can support sustainable development. We first reviewed the literature, to identify the main drivers of change (i.e. feedback loops) triggered by CE interventions. We then applied the same systemic approach to six case studies across Europe in synergy with ESPON CIRCTER project. This allowed us to review, validate and improve the general systemic approach and further explore the role that specific territorial characteristics can play in the identification, selection and effective implementation of CE interventions. We find that some ...