The transition towards a circular economy is central to global sustainability objectives. These objectives include the United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals, with its target to substantially reduce waste generation by 2030 through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse, and the European green deal, which sets out a strategy to transform the EU economy in line with its ambitions to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, in particular by mobilising industry efforts for a clean and circular economy (https://sdgs.un.org/goalshttp://www.practicallaw.com/w-023-7583https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/communication-european-green-deal_en).

National governments are also increasingly looking to regulate production processes in order to encourage the private sector to design out waste within their value chains.

While related policy objectives and regulatory developments are abundant, the legal implications of this fundamental shift within production and consumption processes have faced little scrutiny to date.

Our article, published in the August 2021 edition of PLC Magazine, sets out key legal considerations for businesses in the private sector that are engaged in the journey towards circularity and examines, in particular:

  • The concept of the circular economy, the various business models that can help to achieve circularity and current industry practices in the field.
  • The legal risks and consequences associated with the adoption of circular business models (including IP, know-how, collaboration, competition, supply chain and contractual risks).
  • The regulatory landscape relating to the circular economy, both in the EU and the UK.

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This article first appeared in the August 2021 issue of PLC Magazine http://uk.practicallaw.com/resources/uk-publications/plc-magazine 

Authors and contacts

Susan Black
Susan Black
Partner, London
+44 20 7466 2055
Julie Vaughan
Julie Vaughan
Senior Associate, London
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Rachel Montagnon
Rachel Montagnon
Professional Support Consultant, London
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Rebecca Perlman
Rebecca Perlman
Senior Associate, London
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Clemence Barraud
Clemence Barraud
Senior Associate, London
+44 20 7466 7493
Joanna Wilde
Joanna Wilde
Associate, London
+44 20 7466 2368
Eve Meurgey
Eve Meurgey
Trainee Solicitor, London
+44 20 7466 3851