Our Shared Understanding: a circular economy in the built environment, published today (Thursday 1 June), unites the industry for a sustainable future, where we live within our planet’s capacity to provide resources and handle waste.
With contributions from over 100 industry leaders from across more than 80 organisations, Our Shared Understanding sets out why all sectors and disciplines must work together to enable a circular economy in the built environment. This global effort is in recognition that we will not stop exceeding the limits of our finite planet without a common goal and coordinated action.
Our Shared Understanding brings together the best thinking from both the circular economy and built environment communities to identify the core concepts that will guide the transition to a circular economy.
It calls for collective action to put circular principles at the heart of how we design, manage, build and use our existing buildings and infrastructure. This will have a significant impact on addressing our global systemic challenges, such as achieving net zero emissions, providing climate resilience, protecting biodiversity, and enabling social equity.