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A Guide of Implementing a Circular Economy

Language:  English
A guide for implementing the circular economic (CE) model from theory to practice for professionals at all levels. It provides knowledge about how CE can be interpreted, why CE should implement.
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This book is a guide for implementing the circular economic (CE) model from theory to practice. The first chapter refers to the origins of CE, reflection on the theory of evolution that established a linear economic model, and schools of thought. The second chapter details theoretical aspects of CE by exploring planetary boundaries, doughnut economics, life cycle, and the proposals of some institutions. Resulting with a statement about why a company should implement a CE model. The third chapter reflects on the circular economy´s principles, and how to implement and assess CE. Finally, the last chapter illustrates templates to implement CE.

About the Author

Ana Maria Rodriguez is an industrial engineer with a master's degree in environment and sustainable development at University College London. An experienced consultant, with 8 years of skills development in sustainable strategies, circular economy, sustainable reports (GRI – DJSI), climate change, natural-base solutions, data analysis, corporate social responsibility, environmental compliance, monitoring and evaluation, supply chain management, project and risk management, and triple impact projects analysis (social, environmental, and economic).

  • About the author
  • Preface
  • Disclaimer
  1. Origins of Circular Economy
    1. From Evolution Theory to Linear Economic Model
    2. Circular Economy from the Greek Term
    3. Schools of Thought Related to Circular Economy
    4. Summary
  2. Theoretical Approach to Circular Economy
    1. Planetary Boundaries and Doughnut Economics
    2. Understanding Life Cycle by United Nations and ISO Standard
    3. Butterfly Diagram of Circular Economy by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
    4. Circular Business Models by Accenture
    5. The British Standards (BS 8001:2017)
    6. Why to Incorporate a Circular Economic Model
    7. Summary
  3. Practical Approach to Circular Economy
    1. Reflection on Circular Economy´s Principles
    2. How to Implement a Circular Economic Model
    3. How to Assess Circularity in a Company
    4. Comparison Between Transition and Transformation
    5. Summary
  4. Templates to Implement Circular Economy in a Company (Step by Step)
    1. Plan - Define Goal and Scope
    2. Do - Identify Circular Strategies
    3. Do - Implement Circular Strategies
    4. Check - Assess Circular Strategies
    5. Act - Improve Circularity
    6. Summary
  • Table of Figures
  • References
About the Author

Ana María Rodríguez Díaz