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.
About the authors
Marjolein Demmers: Dutch Sustainable Business Association (De Groene Zaak), Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli)
Nicole van Buren: Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli)
Rob van der Heijden: Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen
Frank Witlox: Department of Geography, Ghent University, Department of Geography, University of Tartu