The Circular Economy signifies a paradigmatic change in the economic system that focuses on sustainability and efficiency.
The pillars of the circular economy can therefore be defined as:
– Designing new products that use less material, less energy, more renewable materials and are easier to recycle
– Product reuse through appropriate repairs
– Extension of the useful life of the product
– Production of raw materials based on the recycling of waste, which is now seen as a valuable resource.
To encourage this epoch-making change, the following are required:
– New regulations for creating a clear reference framework
– New economic incentives to support the adoption of circular and sustainable production models
– Strengthening communication and awareness-raising activities to inform citizens, local administrations and industries about the expected benefits
– Promotion of research to foster innovation and technology transfer and to increase the competitiveness of industrial sectors
– Training of managers and technicians with new skills in the field of circular economy.
ARGO/IIH therefore intends to make a tangible contribution to increasing overall awareness of the issues and new challenges posed by the circular economy model with technical documents, seminars, working groups and demonstration projects.