3 Interesting Updates on The World’s Circular Economy Implementation

Since its establishment in 2009, The Ellen Macarthur Foundation has been carrying out the mission of accelerating circular economy implementation on a global scale.

Words have been spread, the education is given, collaborations initiated – all in the hope to inspire all the local business actors, government, and citizens to pay more attention to their waste management.

Maybe you are thinking about taking a step closer into the circular economy and trying to see how far the implementation has gone so far. Let us summarize it for you, here’s what you need to know:

Circular Economy
Circular Economy (Source: Enel Green Power)

#1 The World is only 8.6% Circular

According to a 2020’s report from Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative (CGRi), there’s a decrease in the world’s circular economy progress from 9.1% circular in 2018 to 8.6% circular in 2020. 

This negative trend allegedly happened because of 3 factors: ever-worsening extraction rate, ongoing stock build-up, and low levels of end-of-use processing and cycling.

#2 Netherlands is the Current Leading Country of Circular Economy

The Dutch have a very ambitious mission regarding their waste management: they want to be 100% circular in 2050. Launched in 2016, the Netherlands’ circular economy initiative has a specific objective of a 50% reduction in the use of primary raw materials as soon as 2030 in order to be completely circular in 2050.

The country is also launching several circular economy programs such as:

  • Holland Circular Hotspot to encourage the exchange of ideas between stakeholders
  • Installation of bubble barrier in IJssel River as a part of Amsterdam Clean Water program
  • The first circular hub in Europe: Brightlands Chemelot Campus that acts as an incubator for anyone interested in the development of sustainable circular economy implementation.
  • Fashion Renewal Facility in Amsterdam where end-of-season clothes and unsellable pieces are maintained so as to not end up in landfills.
Source: Invest in Hollands

#3 Cultural Barrier is Deemed as the Biggest Obstacle in Circular Economy Implementation

According to researchgate.net, cultural barriers such as the consumer and producer’s reluctance to shift from the throwaway lifestyle is the most common problem experienced when trying to adopt the circular economy concept.

Several examples of the cultural barrier of circular economy implementation are:

  1. That they need to spend their time, energy, and money to recycle the waste that they produce
  2. That remanufactured, recycled items are as good as the new products made from virgin materials
  3. Shifting from paying per use or rent rather than owning items

What do you think about the circular economy implementation in your country? The 4th Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (ICEG) will be held in Indonesia this July 2021. Check the official homepage for further information.


  • https://investinholland.com/news/a-world-without-waste-a-peak-inside-the-netherlands-circular-economy/
  • https://www.circularity-gap.world/
  • https://www.mapfre.com/en/insights/sustainability/circular-economy-hindering/

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