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CIRCULARITY GAP REPORT POLAND – How circular is Poland?

How circular is Poland? Innowo, Natural State, and Circle Economy are going to measure the level of circularity in Poland and will provide an overview of possible steps to make the Polish economy more circular, sustainable, and competitive.

It is our pleasure to inform you that the Institute of Innovation and Responsible Development INNOWO alongside strategic agency Natural State from Norway and the Dutch non-profit organization Circle Economy will work together to estimate the level of circularity in the Polish economy. The project will also analyze how effective and to what degree Poland uses natural resources during production and what percentage of those resources are wasted. 

«Circularity GAP Report Poland», sponsored by the EEA program and Norway Grants, will provide a comprehensive recommendation for the implementation of a circular economy in Poland. We hope that the report will be an inspiration for both various stakeholders from numerous areas, including business, public administration, and academia, and civic society to take action and form partnerships toward circular transformation. The project also aims to foster cooperation between Polish and Norwegian stakeholders, ignite new industrial, research, and business activities, and establish relations between Polish and Norwegian markets to implement circular solutions.

For the past four years, since the establishment of the Innowo Institute, I have been observing the development of the circular economy in Poland. Now, we are ready to transform. It makes me really happy that we will be able to present the first circular analysis and benchmarking of the Polish economy. This knowledge is essential to begin an effective process of closing circuits at different stages of production and consumption. Simultaneously, a more circular Polish economy will create hundreds of thousands of sustainable jobs within not only existing but also new fields and value chains – said Agnieszka Sznyk, Ph.D., the CEO of the Innowo Institute. 

Using the trusty Circle Economy method, we will be able to analyze resource management in Poland. It will allow us to look at material flow in the Polish economy and identify the most effective ways to improve the efficiency of material use and close economic circuits. Knowing the current circularity level of the Polish economy is essential for future improvement. The circular economy relies on business and social innovations which creates new jobs, services, and industries, improving life quality and minimizing negative environmental effects. 

Poland and Norway maintain a strong relationship, and Norway is Poland’s key partner when it comes to green transformation. Cooperation on the Circularity Gap Report is meant to develop a common understanding and improve our bilateral relations regarding business, trade, research, and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises – said Anders Eide, Norwegian Ambassador to Poland.

The analysis and key recommendations will be presented in the Circularity Gap Report Poland. Many stakeholders have become interested in and actively participate in the creation of the report from the areas such as industry, science, public administration, and government. The report will be made available to the public during Circular Week in Warsaw in October 2022.

It will be interesting to find and prioritize steps to create a circular economy in Poland and to see how those steps are incorporated into already existing national strategic documents, such as Circular Economy Transformation Roadmap – said Martijn de Cordez, CEO of Circle Economy.

Poland has a big market and is one of the most significant and most developing economies in Europe. Connecting these observations with the science-based analysis included in the Circularity Gap Report Poland will allow for the identification of priorities and the development of business initiatives regarding circular economy for the decades to come – said Cathrine Barth, CEO of Circularities by Natural State.

To get more information about the Polish project and our activities in Norway and other Scandinavian countries, please sign up for our newsletter on our website: https://cgrpoland.pl/ 

Institute of Innovation and Responsible Development INNOWO has been an active advocate for circular economy and sustainable development since 2018. The institute organizes events such as Mazovian Circular Congress and Circular Week. Innowo is a Member of Coordinating Group of European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform and a member of Polish CE Working Group under the National Smart Specializations (NSS). The institute is also the main founder of Polish Circular Hotspot – a public platform aimed at developing and implementing innovative sustainable solutions among Polish entrepreneurs.

Natural State is an Oslo-based strategy company working with place building and sustainable economics. We work with thoughtful and holistic value creation, combining traditional business development with Nordic societal-oriented market culture and Japanese nature-oriented market culture. We have our own circular strategy division. Circularities by Natural State is dedicated to accelerating the Nordic circular market transition. Natural State is leading the development of Nordic Circular Hotspot.

Circle Economy is an impact organization, founded to create prosperity for all within the limits of our planet. We combine data, tools, and digital knowledge for the greater good. With nature as our mentor, we support businesses, cities & nations to accelerate circularity with practical roadmaps for change. We are an international team of passionate experts working globally, based in Amsterdam.

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