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Categorisation system for the circular economy

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978-92-76-10527-5, KI-04-20-074-EN-N
Publication date
9 March 2020
Author
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
Related department
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Description

The lack of a commonly accepted and inclusive definition and circularity measurement methodology hampers the transition to a more circular economy. It obstructs the development and access to dedicated or non-dedicated finance, credit risk assessment, and the transferability and replicability of projects and investments across regions and jurisdictions.

To overcome this, the Expert Group on Circular Economy Financing proposes a sector agnostic circular economy categorisation system that defines categories of activities substantially contributing to a circular economy. A set of minimum criteria needs to be met by activities to be considered as substantially contributing to a circular economy. A methodological guidance with an indicative list of typical investments/projects for each circular economy category is also included.

This categorisation system is intended as a contribution to the future work of the Sustainable Finance Platform on the EU taxonomy of activities substantially contributing to the circular economy objective.

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