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Coupling circularity performance and climate action: from disciplinary silos to transdisciplinary modelling science

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Title: Coupling circularity performance and climate action: from disciplinary silos to transdisciplinary modelling science
Authors: Nikas, A
Xexakis, G
Koasidis, K
Acosta-Fernandez, J
Arto, I
Calzadilla, A
Domenech, T
Gambhir, A
Giljum, S
Gonzalez-Eguino, M
Herbst, A
Ivanova, O
Van Sluisveld, MAE
Van de Ven, D-J
Karamaneas, A
Doukas, H
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Technological breakthroughs and policy measures targeting energy efficiency and clean energy alone will not suffice to deliver Paris Agreement-compliant greenhouse gas emissions trajectories in the next decades. Strong cases have recently been made for acknowledging the decarbonisation potential lying in transforming linear economic models into closed-loop industrial ecosystems and in shifting lifestyle patterns towards this direction. This perspective highlights the research capacity needed to inform on the role and potential of the circular economy for climate change mitigation and to enhance the scientific capabilities to quantitatively explore their synergies and trade-offs. This begins with establishing conceptual and methodological bridges amongst the relevant and currently fragmented research communities, thereby allowing an interdisciplinary integration and assessment of circularity, decarbonisation, and sustainable development. Following similar calls for science in support of climate action, a transdisciplinary scientific agenda is needed to co-create the goals and scientific processes underpinning the transition pathways towards a circular, net-zero economy with representatives from policy, industry, and civil society. Here, it is argued that such integration of disciplines, methods, and communities can then lead to new and/or structurally enhanced quantitative systems models that better represent critical industrial value chains, consumption patterns, and mitigation technologies. This will be a crucial advancement towards assessing the material implications of, and the contribution of enhanced circularity performance to, mitigation pathways that are compatible with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and the transition to a circular economy.
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2022
Date of Acceptance: 10-Dec-2021
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/97689
DOI: 10.1016/j.spc.2021.12.011
ISSN: 2352-5509
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 269
End Page: 277
Journal / Book Title: Sustainable Production and Consumption
Volume: 30
Copyright Statement: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
Funder's Grant Number: 820846
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Green & Sustainable Science & Technology
Environmental Studies
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Circular economy
Decarbonization
Mitigation
Climate-economy modelling
Transdisciplinary science
Integrated assessment modelling
LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT
CHANGE MITIGATION
INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT
INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY
ECONOMY
ENERGY
METHODOLOGY
ELECTRICITY
PRINCIPLES
SCENARIOS
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Green & Sustainable Science & Technology
Environmental Studies
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Circular economy
Decarbonization
Mitigation
Climate-economy modelling
Transdisciplinary science
Integrated assessment modelling
LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT
CHANGE MITIGATION
INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT
INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY
ECONOMY
ENERGY
METHODOLOGY
ELECTRICITY
PRINCIPLES
SCENARIOS
0502 Environmental Science and Management
1402 Applied Economics
1604 Human Geography
Publication Status: Published
Open Access location: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352550921003584?via%3Dihub
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