Circular Economy

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With a growing world population, a key challenge is how we can use the Earth's finite resources much more efficiently. Circular economy is an innovative and sustainable approach to the way we consume, produce, and dispose of goods and services. It is a model that aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible, minimize waste and pollution, and regenerate natural systems.

Copernicus circular economy research involves studying the ways in which we can design products and systems that are circular, exploring new business models that incentivize sustainable practices, and analyzing the economic, environmental, and social impacts of a circular economy.

Our researchers in this field collaborate across various disciplines to investigate sustainable consumption, technological innovations and new organizational arrangements. They collaborate with businesses, policymakers, and communities to identify opportunities for circularity, and to develop and test new solutions.


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