Circular Jobs: Understanding Employment in the Circular Economy in the Netherlands

Nieuw rapport over circulaire banen in Nederland

In joint research project of Circle Economy and EHERO (Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation) a research team evaluated the size and composition of Circular Industry in the Netherlands.

Jeroen van Haaren contributed to this project on behalf of Erasmus UPT by making a geographical analysis of the distribution of employment using descriptive and gravity models of core and enabling employment in circular industry. The team shows that 8.1 percent of employment in the Netherlands can be classified as having ‘circular’ properties, which covers 810.000 jobs. These are jobs that contribute to a more sustainable society by for instance reusing (raw) materials, instead of expending them. The report shows that there is still progress to be made if the government aims to meet its ambition to reach a fully circular economy by 2050.

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