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Circular Economy in China

  • Xianlai ZengEmail author
  • Jinhui Li
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Abstract

Circular economy is devoted to improving resource efficiency and recycling rate. Its actions are being motivated by four major drivers: (i) regulatory control led by a mix of US states, European Union legislation, and China’s environmental law; (ii) competitive incentives for both cost decrease and technology innovation; (iii) stakeholder promotion related to brand reputation and greater transparency; and (iv) risks from supply chain broken caused by regional resource shortage and vis major event (Dauvergne and LeBaron in New Polit Econ 18(3):410–430, 2013). In China, these drivers and pressures have imposed evolution of circular economy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnvironmentTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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