The circular economy aims to maintain the value of products, materials and resources in the economy as long as possible and at the same time increase material efficiency, reduce the pollution to the environment and obtain climate neutrality. The transition to a circular economy means transforming entire added value chains and encompasses design, production and consumption phases and closing the circle after use.
Fraunhofer ISI investigates the realization conditions and perspectives of a circular economy under different aspects. These include Germany's technological performance with underlying technologies (among others by patent analyses), the changing roles and strategies of actors in the value-added chain, new practices (for example regarding property) and forms of governance.
Another important aspect of research at Fraunhofer ISI is the impact assessment of different circular economy scenarios – also (macro) economic and regarding their contribution to managing large societal challenges and the attainment of the SDGs.