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16 February 2017

Eco-Innovation Observatory issues 2016 Circular Economy report

The Eco-Innovation Observatory has highlighted 32 best practice examples from EU member states on how the circular economy is being implemented at the EU and national levels.

The report, entitled Policies and Practices for Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy Transition, focuses on how understanding of the circular economy concept has evolved in EU member states. The challenge of stimulating both top-down and bottom-up mainstreaming of eco-innovative measures, and how countries' comparative eco-innovation policies and practices are measured is explored. EU and Global eco-innovation scoreboards are used to present cross-country comparisons of circular economy and innovation measures.

Findings include an increasing prioritisation of eco-innovative policy at the national and local levels across Europe, but also that current economic indicators do not fully measure the impact of circular economy approaches.

To download the full report, visit