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Date: 2020-09-20 Page is: DBtxt001.php L0500-Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation
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Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Advocating powerfully for the Circular Economy
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Money Makes the World Go Round
A Paper from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2016
The fast-changing global context is our starting point. In a world increasingly dominated by new technologies and shifts in demographics and the global economy, new challenges arise. One is how to cope with the legacy of a linear economy, in which products are consumed and largely get turned into waste, diminishing the stock of non-renewable natural resources. A more circular economy that creates economic value is also an answer to the resource challenge, both because it is a more effective system that the linear economy and mitigates its risks whilst creating positive capital-building opportunities.

PART I
In the first part of the report we describe the context, provide a systematic framework in which money is one of the enablers of the transition to a circular economy, and lay out our ambition as a financial sector in contributing to this transition.

PART II
In the second part of the report we focus on three important components of the financial perspective of the transition to a more circular economy:
- First are the changes we see in business models that accompany circular ways of working. The report analyses various case studies of circular economy businesses to determine the concrete financial impacts of going circular.
- Second is a deep dive into the financial considerations of circular economy businesses, covering risks and opportunities and the detailed consequences for revenue and cost structures, cash flows, balance sheets and financing requirements.
- Third are the macroeconomic consequences of circular economy business models being more widely adopted. This extends the assessment of the circular economy approach beyond the commercial considerations of individual businesses. Macroeconomic analysis is an important consideration for potential investors deciding where to invest.

PART III
In the third [second] part of the report we focus on three important components of the financial perspective of Finally, we look beyond this report. This first step, to understand the financial implications of circular economy business models, is only the first the working group will take. The next phase, to assess the impact and consequences for financial institutions themselves, is crucial: actions speak louder than words.
Money Makes the World Go Round
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Circular-Economy/Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation-FinanCE-2016.pdf'
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Towards the Circular Economy
A 98 page report from the Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation in 2016
In the face of sharp volatility increases across the global economy and proliferating signs of resource depletion, the call for a new economic model is getting louder. In the quest for a substantial improvement in resource performance across the economy, businesses have started to explore ways to reuse products or their components and restore more of their precious material, energy and labour inputs. The time is right, many argue, to take this concept of a ‘circular economy’ one step further, to analyse its promise for businesses and economies, and to prepare the ground for its adoption.
Towards the Circular Economy
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Circular-Economy/Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation-Towards-the-Circular-Economy-vol1.pdf'
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TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY: BUSINESS RATIONALE FOR AN ACCELERATED TRANSITION
by the Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation
From the introduction:
'A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles. This new economic model seeks to ultimately decouple global economic development from finite resource consumption. A circular economy addresses mounting resource-related challenges for business and economies, and could generate growth, create jobs, and reduce environmental impacts, including carbon emissions. As the call for a new economic model based on systems-thinking grows louder, an unprecedented favourable alignment of technological and social factors today can enable the transition to a circular economy.
The document is an executive summary of the analysis that the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has conducted to date.
TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY: BUSINESS RATIONALE FOR AN ACCELERATED TRANSITION
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Orgs/EllenMacArthurFoundation/Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation-The-Circular-Economy-9-Dec-2015.pdf'
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Concept: What is a circular economy?
A framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design
Concept: What is a circular economy?
https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/overview/concept
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Principle 1: Preserve and enhance natural capital by controlling finite stocks and balancing renewable resource flows. This starts by dematerialising utility – delivering utility virtually, whenever optimal. When resources are needed, the circular system selects them wisely and chooses technologies and processes that use renewable or better-performing resources, where possible. A circular economy also enhances natural capital by encouraging flows of nutrients within the system and creating the conditions for the regeneration of, for example, soil.
Principle 2: Optimise resource yields by circulating products, components, and materials at the highest utility at all times in both technical and biological cycles. This means designing for remanufacturing, refurbishing, and recycling to keep technical components and materials circulating in and contributing to the economy. Circular systems use tighter, inner loops (e.g. maintenance, rather than recycling) whenever possible, thereby preserving more embedded energy and other value. These systems also maximise the number of consecutive cycles and/or the time spent in each cycle, by extending product life and optimising reuse. Sharing in turn increases product utilisation. Circular systems also encourage biological nutrients to re-enter the biosphere safely for decomposition to become valuable feedstock for a new cycle. In the biological cycle, products are designed by intention to be consumed or metabolised by the economy and regenerate new resource value. For biological materials, the essence of value creation lies in the opportunity to extract additional value from products and materials by cascading them through other applications. As in any linear system, pursuing yield gains across all these levers is useful and requires continued system improvements. But unlike a linear system, a circular one would not compromise effectiveness
Principle 3: Foster system effectiveness by revealing and designing out negative externalities. This includes reducing damage to systems and areas such as food, mobility, shelter, education, health, and entertainment, and managing externalities, such as land use, air, water and noise pollution, and the release of toxic substances.
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Interactive Circularity Diagram
https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/interactive-diagram
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https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/overview/concept
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Ellen-MacArthur-Circularity-Indicators-Project-Overview-May-2015
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Circular-Ecconomy/Ellen-MacArthur-Circularity-Indicators-Project-Overview-May-2015.pdf'
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Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation-Circularity-Indicators-Methodology-May-2015
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Circular-Ecconomy/Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation-Circularity-Indicators-Methodology-May-2015.pdf'
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Ellen-MacArthur-Circularity-Indicators-Non-Technical-Case-Studies-May-2015.pdf
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Circular-Ecconomy/Ellen-MacArthur-Circularity-Indicators-Non-Technical-Case-Studies-May-2015.pdf'
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Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation-FinanCE-2016
http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Circular-Economy/Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation-FinanCE-2016.pdf
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Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation-Towards-the-Circular-Economy-vol.1
http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Circular-Economy/Ellen-MacArthur-Foundation-Towards-the-Circular-Economy-vol1.pdf
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