A while ago, the European Commission created a monitoring framework to keep track of progress towards a circular economy. It measures the direct and indirect benefits of circularity, values its contributions and addresses energy and material supply risk. Thus, it operated in four dimensions:
- Production and consumption
- Waste management
- Secondary raw materials
- Competitiveness and innovation.
Recently, this framework was updated to include several topics. In particular, it adds a new dimension to global sustainability and resilience. Among the indicators, there are topics such as materials footprint, resource productivity and greenhouse gas emissions.
As the European Commission explains:
“It captures the circular economy focus area and the interlinkages between circularity, climate neutrality and the ‘zero pollution’ ambition“.
The framework is available in several languages, including English, French and German. All of the information and indicators were published, and are available, on the EUROSTAT website.