At the Geneva Trade Week in September, at a panel organized by the Mission of Finland, in collaboration with development partners, TULIP launched its recent study on how developing countries can leverage the benefits of, and address challenges associated with, a transition to a circular economy. This study has been commissioned by the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands in Geneva.
During the Panel, we discussed trends in trade flows that can be expected as a result of a shift to a circular economy, and their implications for developing countries, with a focus on a reduced demand in trade in primary raw materials (ceteris paribus), increased demand in trade in secondary raw materials, increases in trade in second-hand goods, trade in materials and waste for recycling, trade in services, and trade in products that meet more stringent circular economy standards. Moreover, we focused on key policy actions that countries can take, both at domestic level or through trade agreements, to leverage the benefits associated with a circular transition.
You can watch a recording of the panel session here. The study can be accessed by downloading the document below.