Harnessing the power of countries and regions to close the circularity gap

Circularity Gap Reports (CGR) for countries and regions

Circularity Gap Reports (CGRs) allow governments to gain insight into the most effective interventions to boost circularity nationally and regionally, set targets and monitor progress.
Our methodology is transparent and robust and is openly published to enable other countries to follow suit.

A CGR analysis consists of the following steps:

Metabolism analysis
We conduct a national metabolism analysis to provide clients with a clear picture of what happens at end-of-use and the extent to which resources are cycled back into the economy. This analysis allows us to calculate the Circularity Gap Metric (CGM) as a baseline of circularity—a highly comparable metric across nations and regions that enables national stakeholders to benchmark against similar economies and to monitor their transition to a circular economy over time.
Defining transition pathways toward a circular economy
We then identify key sectors and interventions for the transition to a circular economy by developing and modeling a set of ‘what if’ scenarios, which quantify the potential impact of specific strategies on the CGM. We also calculate the benefits these strategies can have on national climate change targets, the labour and skills market and the economy as a whole, in order to build a vision of what a circular economy could actually look like at a national level.
Building trust and reach with a local coalition of leaders and experts
We also form a cross-sector group of stakeholders from academia, businesses, NGOs and governments to paint a more robust picture of the state of the economy and the strategic bottlenecks that exist to transition. A vital ingredient for success, the coalition ensures our analysis is validated by experts and that key messages reach the right decision makers as well as a broader audience.

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March 2020

CGR The Netherlands

Major overhauls to the framework of the national economy - including jobs - will be necessary to achieve the government’s ambitions of a fully circular economy by 2050.
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August, 2020

CGR Norway

With the right interventions, Norway has the potential to increase its circularity up twenty times and become a pioneer in the circular economy.
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June, 2021

CGR Quebec

Quebec’s economy consumes 32 tonnes per capita per year—exceeding the Canadian and European average.
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To learn how circular the global economy is, visit CGR 2022

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