Recognizing the desirability but also the complexity of the circular economy model, the Circular2050.org initiative aims to place itself at the intersection between the generators and users of knowledge.

It will strive to produce research on relevant subjects and help governments, firms, NGOs, universities, and others to contribute toward moving the economic model closer to circularity. It will do so by tackling a variety of subjects in an interdisciplinary manner, by engaging with diverse stakeholders and by using effective communication tools.

Ultimately, it will seek to influence the agenda of organizations and the public, helping promote a more complex understanding of the challenges and policy options behind the circular model, with a particular focus on the developing countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America.


The activity of Circular2050.org will be guided by the following vision:

  • Persistent problems are persistent because they are difficult. There are no simple solutions to complex problems. Understanding such problems in greater depth is crucial.
  • When it comes to public policies, win-win situations are rare. More often than not they involve tough trade-offs. More accurate, nuanced, and widespread information makes these trade-offs manageable and decisions more effective.
  • Science is the best available source for informed decision making. However, science is not about being right all the time, but about becoming less wrong over time, by having a global community of scientists questioning and challenging the existing and newly produced knowledge. Science cannot tell exactly what will happen by 2050 or 2100, but is the best chance we have for understanding the world around us and evaluating the risks we are facing.
  • Markets are effective instruments stimulating entrepreneurial initiative, innovation, and efficiency, but they are weak at identifying social costs and benefits and even less effective at achieving distributive equity. States need to develop modern tools to correct the failures of markets.
  • Sustainability should be understood as equilibrium and resilience, the capacity of systems to endure and resist to shocks. It covers the environment but also the economy and society. Social systems with great disparities of wealth and quality of life within and between countries are not in equilibrium and cannot endure.
  • The economic system has been transformed by technological change. The meaning of such notions as labor and capital, private and public, competition and cooperation, are evolving to reflect that. In dealing with the challenges of the 21st century, the intellectual tools also need to adapt.


With this vision in mind and within the capabilities of its network of members and contributors, the Circular2050.org initiative will tackle the following subjects:

  • Energy & Climate
  • Water & Resources
  • Sustainability and Circular Economy

The methods and outputs will be:

  • Research and analyses
  • Policy Brief & Reports
  • Studies, scenario analyses
  • Education and training