Circular infrastructure: The key to decarbonization
APRIL 1, 2022

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Circular infrastructure: The key to decarbonization

by Denis Crevier, Monica Bennett, Paul Shorthouse

“In Europe, it is estimated that the circular economy has added around 3.5 million jobs, around €126 billion ($142 billion) of economic value and mobilized private finance of around €15 billion ($17 billion). Furthermore, it has been observed to empower lower income groups and support economic productivity.” — European Commission 2018 and Ellen MacArthur Foundation 2020

The G20 Infrastructure Working Group has identified circular infrastructure as a key topic of their sustainable infrastructure agenda. Two key drivers for the G20 in relation to circular infrastructure include mitigating climate change and mitigating risk from resource scarcity. In terms of mitigating climate change, infrastructure is responsible for around 53 percent of the world’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. Of this 53 percent, around 81 percent is attributed to operations of infrastructure, and 19 percent is attributed to the embedded emissions from infrastructure — that is, the m

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