“Circular economy is not a goal in itself but a means to an end. Circular economy in our view is a systemic approach to deliver on and contribute to several issues. Think not only of resources but also carbon emissions, job creation, pollution, land and water use, and social circumstances. Circular economy as a system will contribute to many of the UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) we all agreed on. It is not ’the solution’ but we see it as the best way forward towards a sustainable, social, healthy, and prosperous society.
“We are a very small country, dependent on imports and exports, so if we want to implement a circular economy, we need the countries around us to be circular as well. We need to import circular products and export circular products to circular markets. About ten
years ago, we made the connection between circularity and procurement. The ‘production’ of a government is mainly legislation and subsidies and policies, but our own behavior is very much linked to the products we buy. To impact resource efficiency and resource management, we need to interfere with the market, using procurement as a lever.”