The Circular Economy: Barriers and Opportunities for SMEs

CEPS Working Documents

25 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2015

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Vasileios Rizos

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Arno Behrens

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Terri Kafyeke

Ecologic Institute

Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers

Ecologic Institute

Anastasia Ioannou

University of Piraeus

Date Written: September 17, 2015

Abstract

The ‘circular economy’ is gaining momentum as a concept in both academic and policy circles, and circular business models have been linked to significant economic benefits. This paper identifies barriers and enablers to adopting circular economy business practices, and presents key messages for policy-makers. It draws on input from a literature review, on discussions held in the context of the GreenEcoNet project and on an analysis of two SME circular business models.

Keywords: circular business, circular business models, SME, circular economy

Suggested Citation

Rizos, Vasileios and Behrens, Arno and Kafyeke, Terri and Hirschnitz-Garbers, Martin and Ioannou, Anastasia, The Circular Economy: Barriers and Opportunities for SMEs (September 17, 2015). CEPS Working Documents , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2664489

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Arno Behrens

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Terri Kafyeke

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Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers

Ecologic Institute ( email )

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Anastasia Ioannou

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