CEPS Task Force

The Role of Business in the Circular Economy


The team of CEPS Energy Climate House is holding a Task Force on “The Role of Business in the Circular Economy”, with its first meeting held on 24 November 2016. The focus of this Task Force is on the role of EU policy and regulation to guide businesses and industry. Special attention is given to the barriers and enablers companies encounter in their attempts to introduce circularity into their business operations as well as the measures needed to help businesses adapt to the changing environment and take advantage of new market opportunities. An additional key topic of discussion is how we can improve coherence between sectoral approaches and an overall circular economy policy framework. The Task Force provides a forum where stakeholders from different sectors can discuss these issues in a structured way. The outcome of the Task Force is a report containing actionable policy recommendations that have emerged from discussions among the Task Force members. The report will be widely disseminated to EU, member state and international policy-makers.

Task Force Report has been published and is available here 

Schedule of meetings

24 November 2016 Major challenges and policy support to the circular economy

15 December 2016 Financing the circular economy

2 February 2017 Understanding the link between the circular and the digital economies

11 May 2017 Presentation of main conclusions and policy recommendations

16 May 2018 The Role of Business in Achieving the EU’s Circular Economy Ambition (Report launch event)


CEPS is pleased to collaborate with Prof. Dr. Martin R. Stuchtey and Stef Krandendijk in this Task Force.

Prof. Dr. Martin R. Stuchtey is founder and managing partner of SystemiQ Ltd., a specialist firm for innovation and investment in natural resources. Before founding SystemiQ, he worked for McKinsey & Co. for 20 years. Much of his work has been dedicated to circular industrial systems. He initiated – together with Ellen MacArthur – the Circular Economy Initiative at the World Economic Forum. Martin has also been a strategic advisor to the World Economic Forum and is the author of many articles, TV and radio broadcasts on resource management.

Stef Kranendijk currently runs and co-owns two companies: one that cultivates collagen to make real leather with less water and energy and one that aims to eliminate flaring in the oil industry. His most recent achievement consisted of turning the leading European carpet tile manufacturer Desso, of which he was Chairman, CEO and co-owner, from a regular commodity company into the most innovative and sustainable (‘cradle to cradle’) branded player in the industry. Prior to his independent entrepreneurship, Stef has held board positions in a variety of companies.


Vasileios Rizos, Research Fellow
Arno Behrens, Associate Senior Research Fellow
Eleanor Drabik, Researcher
David Rinaldi, Associate Research Fellow
Katja Tuokko, Researcher

Here you may also find a short 1-page summary of the Task Force. For more details click here to download the prospectus.

For more information contact:

Vasileios Rizos vasileios.rizos@ceps.eu
Arno Behrens arno.behrens@ceps.eu

Vasileios Rizos

Research Fellow and Head of Sustainable Resources and Circular Economy

+32 (0)2 229 39 74