Transitioning to a State-Wide Circular Economy: Stakeholder Perspectives
Circular Economy (CE) has received undivided attention from different stakeholders as a preferred solution in response to climate change, environmental changes, and resource scarcity. Compared with other states and countries, the literature and practice related to CE implementation in the Australian state of Victoria are still limited. In this context, the research aims to understand CE development through the investigation of CE awareness, drivers, challenges, enablers, and barriers. A qualitative approach was employed including desktop review and interviews across various CE stakeholders. The research found CE awareness was still around waste and waste management at the lower order of R-principles (recycling and reuse) whereas higher order of R principles (refuse, and regenerate) still got less attention. The research also identified the key barriers as the lack of specific guidelines, general perception of CE being synonymous with waste and financial challenges while CE enablers included robust regulatory environment and collaboration.
Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga is at the School of Property and Construction Management at RMIT University. Usha is co-leading the One Planet Network’s Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (SBC), United Nations 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (UN 10FYP SCP) aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 12, as well as the newly formed Integrated Platform for Circular Economy, Climate Resilience, and Energy. This work is directly relevant to the OPN SBC programme.