How circular is Poland?

The Polish Research Institute Innowo has joined forces with Amsterdam based impact organisation Circle Economy and Oslo based strategy agency Natural State to measure the state of circularity in Poland. The analysis, funded by the EEA and Norway Grants program, will deliver tailored recommendations for a circular economy in Poland and inspire stakeholders from businesses, governments, academia and civil society to steer the country's transition. The analysis will also connect Polish and Norwegian circular opportunities.

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Poland, like many countries around the world, recognises the circular economy as a means to meet emission targets, improve living conditions and make the economy more competitive. Circle economy is also an answer to challenging geopolitical times, as its business innovation and reuse of materials make supply lines and value chains more resilient and flexible.

While the why of the circular economy is clear, the how remains a big challenge. Innowo, Natural State and Circle Economy will shed light on Poland's resource reality by using Circle Economy’s method for analysing material flows in national economies. This will give insight on the flow of materials in the Polish economy  and identify the biggest potential for improvements in resource efficiency and in making the economy more circular.  Understanding how circular Poland is today is necessary for identifying opportunities for the future. A Circular economy has at its core “business innovation” – which creates new jobs, services and industries, enabling increased living standards and tax income. The project will connect stakeholders in Poland and Norway, initiate industry and business opportunities and connect Polish-Norwegian markets for circular economic solutions.

Thanks to the support from the EEA and Norway Grants, outcomes of the analysis and key recommendations will be launched in the form of a Circularity Gap Report for Poland in the third quarter of 2022.  The process will involve industry, science and government stakeholders and the entire process will be presented at Circular Week in Warzaw October 2022. 

By conducting a Circularity Gap analysis, Poland will join the ranks of Austria (9.7% circular), the Netherlands (24.5% circular), Norway (2.4% circular), Quebec (3.5% circular) and Sweden(to be launched spring 2022). Read more about Circle Economy's Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative here.

On this open project page you can follow the project as it develops.