The role of consumers in the Circular Economy

Presentation by Eléonore Maitre-Ekern, Department of Public and International Law.


The Circular Economy (CE) concept has elements of old and well-established notions related to resource efficiency but also stresses the economic aspects of saving resources and the potential gains it accrues. Without policy interventions, the chance of realizing the CE vision is small. Businesses that have, or plan to adopt, a circular business model, face a ‘web of constraints’ not least people’s preferences and life circumstances. The role of consumers in the transition towards sustainable production and consumption is key. With the rise of online platforms and the sharing economy, consumption patterns are already transforming. Under the CE, consumer roles are multiplying; from mere purchasers, they are becoming maintainers, repairers, users, sorters. How those new roles translate in policies? How do they fit with the objectives of the CE?  What are the limitations? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the lunch presentation.


Coffee, tea and fresh fruit will be served.
You may bring your lunch packet!


Published May 22, 2018 11:16 AM - Last modified May 22, 2018 11:16 AM