Module 1: Fundamentals of Circular Economy

ADBI Circular Economy Course

Module 1: Fundamentals of Circular Economy

About this module

The linear economy is rooted in a take-make-use-throw culture that causes immense damage to the environment both in terms of resource use as well as harmful emissions air, water, and soil. Cleaner production focused on reducing resource use, energy use, and waste emissions is a step in the right direction, but not enough to address the environmental issues completely. A life cycle perspective is imperative to address these issues comprehensively and lead to sustainable solutions. A circular economy moves away from the conventional linear economy model by increasing the lifetime of products to ensure getting the maximum out of the resources and energy invested in their production, minimizing waste emissions, and keeping materials in circulation instead of drawing on more virgin resources. Looking at all these things in a holistic, systems, or so-called life cycle view ensures that the anticipated environmental benefits can actually be achieved.


12 min

Learning Objective

    • Linear versus circular economy
    • Importance of life cycle thinking
    • Use of life cycle assessment for ensuring environmental benefits


    1. How does a circular economy “close the gap” of a linear economy?

    2. Why is life cycle thinking/assessment necessary for evaluating product systems?

    3. Is recycling of materials always good for the environment? Discuss the pros and cons.


Module 1: Fundamentals of Circular Economy
Director of Sustainability Assessment Lab, JGSEE
Module 1: Fundamentals of Circular Economy

Module 1: Introduction to the Plastics Circularity (with Life Cycle Thinking)

Module 2: Review on Global Policy on Plastic Waste Management

Module 4: Circular design, technology and innovation

Module 5: Policy Implementation Mechanisms & Challenges and Consumer Behavior

Module 7: Circular Cities

Module 1: Introduction to the Plastics Circularity (with Life Cycle Thinking)

Module 3: Circular Economy Workforce Building

Module 4: E-commerce Packaging Circularity: Design, Reusability, Reverse Logistics & Business Model

Module 6: Circular Economy in Global Value Chain

Module 2: Financing the transition to Circular Economy

Module 3: Plastics Life Cycle, Value & Supply Chain, and Impact

Module 5: Circular Supply Chain Management

Module 6: Public and Private Partnerships and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building

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