There is a fundamental need for a transition from a “take-make-use-dispose” linear economy to a circular model, where resources and their value stay in the economy. Business leaders, policy makers, researchers and citizens are all instrumental in realising the multiple opportunities of this change. This requires a fundamental shift in how we design, produce,

use, and dispose of products, increasing reuse, remanufacture, repair and recycling. This can save scarce resources, reduce costs and develop new markets. This Task Force focuses on what G20 governments can do to accelerate the transition, transform value chains, and realise the benefits for society, the environment and the economy.

The Task Force “Circular Economy” is co-chaired by:

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Dustin Benton

Institute: Green Alliance

Function: Director

Country: UK

Research: Energy efficiency and renewables, the UK’s electricity market, CCS, resource risk, critical materials, circular electronics


Vasileios Rizos

Institute: CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies)

Function: Research Fellow

Country: Belgium

Research: Circular Economy, Sustainable Development

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Patrick ten Brink

Institute: Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Function: Director, IEEP-Brussels, and Head of the Green Economy Programme

Country: Belgium

Research: Circular Economy, Green Economy, Sustainable Development