How Network Governance Powers the Circular Economy

December 08, 2020

The worldwide use of natural resources is growing at an alarming speed. If the present consumption and production patters are maintained, three Earths will be needed by the year 2050. The circular economy can bend this curve: it closes the loops of products, materials and resources, yielding the lowest possible environmental impacts while using renewable energy sources and safeguarding the planet’s biodiversity.

In her book, How Network Governance Powers the Circular Economy, Holland Circular Hotspot Chair Jacqueline Cramer shows how network governance can power the circular economy by strengthening the positive forces in society and giving a voice to every citizen.

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Jacqueline Cramer shares her experience in implementing numerous circular initiatives in the Netherlands. As a practitioner and scholar, she has identified ten guiding principles for building circular initiatives, based on network governance. These guidelines can help everyone that wants to start or expedite a circular initiative.

Jacqueline Cramer is a member of the Amsterdam Economic Board, where she is actively engaged in circular economy initiatives. She is also a professor emeritus of sustainable innovation at Utrecht University. From 2007 to 2010, she was the Dutch Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. She holds numerous managerial positions, among which supervisory board chair of Holland Circular Hotspot and chair of the Dutch Concrete Agreement.