The government receives recipe for circular economy

The Advisory Board for Circular Economics has on June 7, 2017 delivered 27 recommendations to the government aimed at Denmark achieving a more circular economy, where new green business models and reduced resource consumption will strengthen companies’ competitiveness for the benefit of Denmark’s growth.

Press release by the Ministry of Environment and Food, read the press release in Danish here

Advisory Board for Circular Economics was set up in October 2016, consisting of 12 business leaders and chairman Flemming Besenbacher from Carlsberg. The recommendations were officially delivered to Ministers Esben Lunde Larsen (Environment and Food) and Brian Mikkelsen (Industry, Business and Financial Affairs).

The recommendations can be obtained here (PDF in Danish)

– Circular economy is a key focus in the work of the future to ensure our growth and prosperity in an ever-increasing pressure on resources. The government therefore has a clear ambition to move Denmark towards a more circular economy. Therefore, I am excited to receive the recommendations, and I am looking forward to diving into them, “says Esben Lunde Larsen.

Business Minister Brian Mikkelsen comments:

“We have a great responsibility to make our society greener and to have a responsible approach to the use of our resources, but it must go hand in hand with creating an internationally competitive business that can create growth and jobs. The circular economy is part of the answer to the challenge, and I look forward to studying the recommendations

Chairman of the Advisory Board for Circular Economics Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Board, Carlsberg A/S and Carlsberg Foundation, states:

– Circular economy is not just a necessity, but it is also a golden opportunity for growth and prosperity in Denmark and globally. It’s time for action. There are some enormous opportunities in circular economics, but there is also a lot of issues to address if Denmark is to be a pioneer country in this transformation and reap the gains. It requires a paradigm shift, in which we reconsider the way we design, produce and consume. Therefore, our recommendations to the government reflect a fundamental rethink of our business models and welfare society.

The two ministers meet on 21 June with Flemming Besenbacher, DI, Dansk Erhverv, Dansk Byggeri and Landbrug & Fødevarer to discuss the recommendations.