Due to the challenges of climate change, the collapse of biodiversity and an increase in inequality, it has become necessary for us to change our habits and to embrace what some might call a “Copernican revolution”. This book argues that the best facilitator of this, through reworking the affected systems, is the circular economy.
The circular economy has been the subject of many debates, but all too often it is reduced to the topic of waste management, or it is considered in a piecemeal fashion, without the acknowledgement of its effects as a whole.
As such, this book aims to shed light on certain arguments by repositioning resources and the environment as major issues, while considering the implications for actors, organizations and numerous sectors. It includes reflections and proposals made by experts – environmentalists, town planners, management scientists, etc. – and examines the opinions of researchers, company consultants, and local actors and institutions. At a time when companies are experimenting in the field of the circular economy and States are legislating on this topic, we demonstrate how crucial it is to bring together experts from different disciplines in order to achieve a rounded and complete perspective.
Part 1. The Circular Economy, Between Framework and Stakes
1. The Circular Economy: Historical Perspective and Contemporary Issues, Franck Aggeri.
2. The Circular Economy and Lifecycle, Christian Brodhag.
3. Circular Economy: Transformation of the Labor Market and Change in Human Resources Management Practices, David Moriez.
4. The Role of Education in the Ecological and Circular Transition: Current Situation and Prospects, Dominique Bonet Fernandez.
5. Boosting the Circular Economy through Proximity: The New Competences of Local Authorities, Karine Fabre and Alexis Pokrovsky.
Part 2. Circular Economy: A Few Tools and Approaches
6. Example of a Pioneering Approach to the Circular Economy: Cradle to Cradle, Anne de Béthencourt.
7. From the Circular Economy to Industrial and Territorial Ecology Approaches: What Modes of Governance toEnsuretheirSustainability?, Valérie Fernandes.
8. Sharing Economy, a Driving Force of the Circular Economy?, Catherine Lejealle.
9. The Circular Economy from the Perspective of Voluntary Standardization, Anne Benady, Melodie Merenda and Mérylle Aubrun.
Part 3. Activity Sectors through the Prism of the Circular Economy
10. Circular Economy and Construction, Vincent Augiseau.
11. Understanding the Concept of Waste to Avoid its Production, Yvon Pesqueux.
12. When Fashion Brands Try to Adopt a Circular Economy, Bénédicte Bourcier-Béquaert, Karen Delchet-Cochet and Valérie Fernandes.
13. The Circular Economy and Packaging: Challenges and Avenues for Reflection, François Cabaret.
14. The Circular Economy and Toy Sector, Karen Delchet-Cochet and Coralie Damay.
Karen Delchet-Cochet is an environmentalist specializing in sustainable development, environmental issues and the circular economy, within business. She has a PhD in Environmental Sciences and has written many articles on the circular economy, responsible purchasing, and the integration of corporate social responsibility in business strategies. She has worked as a consultant and a project head, and is a teacher-researcher at ISC Paris Business School, France. Since 2015, she has been the head of their Lab of Pedagogical Innovation.
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