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Circular economy

A circular economy is a closed-loop system in which all production materials are used as technical or biological “nutrients”, keeping them all in circulation for as long as possible. The aim is to keep material flows circulating constantly at a high quality level in terms of their properties, functions, and range of uses.

Besides permanently reprocessing products and components, the circular economy system also involves extending their life span, for example through sharing, leasing, reuse, repair, refurbishment, and recycling.

Study on the circular economy and innovation in Bern

A recently published report (Kreislaufwirtschaft. Innovationen der Berner Wirtschaft im europäischen Kontext 2021 – The Circular Economy – Innovations in the Bernese Economy in the European Context in 2021, Reuter transferpilots.ch) analyzes the circular economy in the Canton of Bern in the context of European and Swiss activities for the first time. The analysis describes what circular economy activities Bernese businesses are currently undertaking and highlights the fact that the Canton of Bern is home to many pioneering companies that are committed to the principles of the circular economy and have developed innovative products and services.

New opportunities for businesses

The circular economy is an important investment in the future. It is all about using sustainable use of raw materials and enabling businesses to remain competitive by:

  • providing access to new markets and new sources of funding
  • generating value through new, circular products and services and creating new jobs in growth areas
  • enabling sustainable businesses to play a pioneering role in a globally growing market for circular solutions.

The Bern Economic Development Agency supports innovative, circular business projects in the Canton of Bern.

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