Our Work

Below is a small selection of the work that we’ve carried out. Click on a topic to see relevant projects.

Jobs: winners and losers in the circular economy transition

Here our Principal Economic Modeller, Unnada Chewpreecha, explores why many studies overestimate the positive job impacts of the transition. The complex interaction between sectors and regions and between different economic, environmental, material, energy and labour market in...

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Identifying regional circular economy opportunities: Zero Waste Scotland

This project for Zero Waste Scotland, led by Ricardo Energy & Environment, identified opportunities for circular economy initiatives within two economies: Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross. It then went on to provide an initial estimatio...

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Plastics in a circular economy

Are bioplastics the best solution for sustainable packaging in a circular economy? Is biodegradable or bio-based material 'greener' than multiple use plastics? Conflicts with food production and an increase in the use of fertilisers and pesticides are not the only concern, ana...

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Impacts of circular economy policies on the labour market

The aim of this project for the European Commission's DG Environment is to develop an understanding of how a transition towards a more circular and resource efficient economy in Europe will affect labour markets across the Member States. Circular Economy report The study is...

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Modelling the impacts of changes in raw material consumption

This study aimed to provide a quantitative analysis of different EU resource productivity targets, defined as GDP per unit of raw material consumption (RMC).

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