Circular Economy as a Cornerstone for Meeting the Goals of the Paris Agreement

This practical guide is written for NDC coordinators and policymakers at national and sub-national levels who wish to design and implement ambitious climate action by including CE in their NDCs and long-term strategies (LTS). In order to do so, policymakers need to understand the current international setup for NDCs and its opportunities and challenges for CE inclusion. Therefore, this guide focuses on the link between CE and climate action.

This guide first introduces the concept of CE as a central element for climate action. It then elaborates on methodologies to quantify the mitigation potentials of CE measures and explains the differences between contribution and attribution-based climate action. From this base, the design and implementation process of CE-smart NDCs and sub-national policies is introduced. Lastly, a comprehensive yet pragmatic Roadmap towards CEsmart NDCs is drawn.