21 June 2022 | 7 minutes.

Circularity For All?

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Jack Barrie
Research Fellow, Chatham House
Patrick Schröder
Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Jack Barrie, Research Fellow, Chatham House

Patrick Schröder, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Fragmented approaches to circular economy could exacerbate global inequities.

In a policy brief, “Addressing international impacts of the Dutch circular economy transition,” PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency calls for enhanced coherence and integration of policies related to circular economy, trade and development cooperation, more investments in knowledge and data on trade and impacts, as well as greater involvement of low- and middle-income countries in designing and implementing circular policies in general.

Such recommendations appear to address a phenomenon described by Chatham House researchers as the ‘circularity divide’ – that nations with a unilateral and fragmented approach to the circular economy will not only “fail to address domestic environmental problems” but, in turn, also create a divide that exacerbates global inequities. REVOLVE Circular spoke with Dr. Patrick Schröder and Dr. Jack Barrie from Chatham House to learn more about the circularity divide and what can be done to ensure circularity for all.