Sino-European Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency
1 March 2015
Sino-European Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (SINCERE)
UCL ISR is leading this six-institutes project, which will develop new economic modelling tools to understand the resource use patterns of China and the EU. The SINCERE project will also address indicators and metrics, institutions and policies, and will examine historical patterns between resource indicators, trade and macro-economic performance, with the overall aim of strengthen collaboration between European and Chinese researchers.
China is at the heart of many resource-related debates. Being portrayed as ‘hungry dragon’ under scrutiny about its greenhouse gas emissions as well as about maritime security, and acknowledged as a leading nation for clean tech and the circular economy – the range of perceptions could hardly be larger. The European Union with its member states, on the other hand, depends on importing a number of natural resources and aims to improve resource efficiency, alongside with attempts to restart a sluggish economy and to create jobs.
The research will provide evidence of considerable value to policymakers. Both the EU and China, along with many EU member states, have adopted high-level policies to advance resource efficiency and circular economy aspirations. However, existing data and insights are limited, both in terms of the likely economic implications of achieving higher levels of resource efficiency, and in terms of the drivers (principally innovation and technological change) of resource efficiency and the way in which these can be influenced by policy.
The SINCERE project is part of a collaborative funding initiative by The Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC UK), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC China) and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO Netherlands) on the green economy. The project is supported by an advisory board and it collaborates with stakeholders and other researchers.
UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
Prof Raimund Bleischwitz
Dr Paolo Agnolucci
Dr Matthew Winning
Dr Teresa Domenech
Prof Paul Ekins
MINES ParisTech - Centre of Industrial Economics (CERNA)
Prof Matthieu Glachant
Prof Magnus Soderberg
University of Wuppertal - The European Institute for International Economic Relations (EIIW)
Prof Paul Welfens
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) - Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
Prof Geng Yong
The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)
Prof Rainer Walz
University of Maastricht (UNU-MERIT)
Prof Rene Kemp