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Natural resources

Natural resources

Why we need a circular economy

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Around the world, more and more people consume more and more resources. Raw materials are becoming scarcer and waste volumes are constantly on the rise.

The UN has warned that annual global resource consumption will double by 2060 and that greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise dramatically. At the same time, the World Bank estimates that global annual municipal waste will have risen by 70 per cent by 2050.

A circular economy is considered as the solution to the global waste problem, it helps reduce resource consumption and carbon emissions. But what exactly is circular economy, and how can it be achieved? Our film gives some answers – you can find it also in French if you scroll down the page.

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Pourquoi nous avons besoin d'une économie circulaire

Du a la croissance démographique, les hommes consomment toujours plus de ressources. Les matières premieres deviennent rares, les ressources naturelles sont sous pression, les déchets abondent.

L’ONU nous avertit que la consommation globale annuelle de ressources doublera d’ici 2060 et que les émissions de gaz à effet de serre augmenteront également de manière dramatique. En même temps, la Banque mondiale estime que le volume des déchets résiduels annuels d’ici 2050 augmentera de 70 pourcent a l’échelle globale.

L’économie circulaire est considérée comme une solution au problème global de la gestion des déchets, vu qu’elle freine la consommation en ressources et réduit l’émission de gaz à effet de serre nocifs pour le climat. Mais qu’est-ce que l’économie circulaire et comment peut-elle réussir? Notre film animé donne des réponses.

Published on KfW Stories: 18 September 2019, last updated 20 December 2019.

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All United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda in 2015. At its heart is a list of 17 goals for sustainable development, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our world should become a place where people are able to live in peace with each other in ways that are ecologically compatible, socially just, and economically effective.