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Sustainability 2016, 8(7), 647; doi:10.3390/su8070647

Towards a Circular Economy: The Role of Dutch Logistics Industries and Governments

Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli), Oranjebuitensingel 6, P.O. Box 20906, The Hague 2500 EX, The Netherlands
Dutch Sustainable Business Association (De Groene Zaak), Zuid-Hollandlaan 7, The Hague 2596 AL, The Netherlands
Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, P.O. Box 9108, Nijmegen 6500 HK, The Netherlands
Department of Geography, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281, S8, Gent 9000, Belgium
Department of Geography, University of Tartu, Vanemuise 46, Tartu 51014, Estonia
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Received: 2 May 2016 / Revised: 15 June 2016 / Accepted: 29 June 2016 / Published: 8 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Circular Economy)
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While there is great potential in the chief values and prospects of a circular economy, this alone will not bring the circular economy to market or scale. In order for a circular economy to materialize, an integrated approach that focuses on a long-term system change or transition is required. To set the change process in motion, many (public and private) players (companies, authorities, citizens, and research institutions) need to be involved. Among the many stakeholders, a genuine enabler to implement a successful and sustainable circular strategy is the logistics industry. Given that The Netherlands is used as a case study, in this paper, we focus on the Dutch logistics industry and how this industry can contribute to the broader Dutch agenda to realize a more circular economy. It implies looking at the specific transition agenda for the logistics industry in relation to a circular economy, what barriers may exist that might hamper such a transition, and how public policy-makers are dealing with and can tackle these barriers. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular economy; logistics industry; transition; system change; barriers identification; The Netherlands circular economy; logistics industry; transition; system change; barriers identification; The Netherlands

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van Buren, N.; Demmers, M.; van der Heijden, R.; Witlox, F. Towards a Circular Economy: The Role of Dutch Logistics Industries and Governments. Sustainability 2016, 8, 647.

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