OECD – Circular Economy at a Glance

This report from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) provides a clear and digestible summary of the state of its member nations in terms of circular economy progress. The issues, policy challenges, trends and environmental impact of material use are discussed.

Various materials are highlighted including e-waste, plastics and construction materials. OECD countries are shown to have increased efficiency of material use so that they generate more economic value per tonne of materials now than in the year 2000. This does not mean that we are using less materials yet though. Domestic material consumption has stabilised since the 2000s showing that material consumption has decoupled from GDP growth.

Environment at a Glance -Circular Economy, Waste & Materials