In this report, we explore the impact of the circular economy. Based on the principle of “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle”, this is an economically attractive alternative to the current “Take-Make-Dispose” consumption model, that relies on the availability of abundant natural resources. The concept has gained broad attention in the Netherlands, which is currently one of the circular hot spots.
Based on a survey of 50 circular businesses and interviews with 30 stakeholders, we investigate the current financing landscape for the circular economy in the Netherlands. We present a spectrum of solutions, which the Dutch financial sector can use to accelerate the circular transition. To make this happen, it will be essential to see close cooperation between businesses, banks, institutional investors and the government.
The Circular Economy – what can the Dutch teach us about sustainable business?