How does the circular economy change jobs in Europe?

Upskilling and reskilling for a just transition

Writers

Working group: Eero Jalava, Riikka Leppänen, Antti Lehtinen and Sara Yrjönmäki (Sitra). Nita Korhonen, Ella Tolonen, Miikka Simanainen and Lauri Byckling (Deloitte)

Published

A transition to a circular economy is taking place in Europe and the speed of this transition is not expected to slow down.

The transition provides an opportunity to build an ecologically sustainable society and create new employment opportunities. Yet the social impacts of a circular transition have received little attention.

On the journey to a circular economy, some jobs will be lost, new jobs will emerge and most jobs will change in one way or another.

This working paper looks into the social impacts of a circular economy in five European countries and four sectors. Special attention is paid to the quality and number of circular jobs, the required skills and the inclusiveness of the transition. These perspectives are crucial for enabling a just transition to a circular economy.

Publication details

Title

How does the circular economy change jobs in Europe?

Subtitle

Upskilling and reskilling for a just transition

Authors

Working group: Eero Jalava, Riikka Leppänen, Antti Lehtinen and Sara Yrjönmäki (Sitra). Nita Korhonen, Ella Tolonen, Miikka Simanainen and Lauri Byckling (Deloitte)

Place of publication

Helsinki

Year of publication

2021

Publisher

Sitra

Outlook

37 p.

ISBN (PDF)

978-952-347-216-7

Subject

circular economy, just transition, circular economy education

Series

Working paper

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