Book recommendation

Book recommendation

for a Circular Economy

Circular Economy (CE) is one of the important concepts in the context of sustainability. Unfortunately, there are many misunderstandings and false expectations in the context. A book that comprehensively presents the opportunities and limitations of CE has recently been published.

The Impossibilities of the Circular Economy Separating Aspirations from Reality Edited By Harry Lehmann, Christoph Hinske, Victoire de Margerie, Aneta Slaveikova Nikolova

It is open access and can be downloaded here


The fifth Factor X publication from the Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), The Impossibilities of the Circular Economy provides an overview of the limits to the circular economy, emphasising the relationship between integrated resource use and more systemic leadership-management approaches.

On a European level, the book ties into the recent European Green Deal and aims to empower actors across sectors and EU member countries to transition from existing linear models of value capture and expression to more systemic-circular solutions of value capture and expression. The volume provides a hands-on contribution towards building the knowledge and skill sets of current and future decision-makers who face these complex-systemic crises in their day-to-day business. The book further provides access to best practices from cutting-edge research and development findings, which will empower decision-makers to develop a more sustainable and equitable economy.

Providing solutions for a more sustainable economy, this book is essential reading for scholars and students of natural resource use, sustainable business, environmental economics and sustainable development, as well as decision-makers and experts from the fields of policy development, industry and civil society.


The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution- Non Commercial- No Derivatives 4.0 license.