The circular economy alone is not adequate to ensure the sufficiency of raw materials and energy as natural resources become scarcer due to growing consumption and climate change. The direction must be towards a sustainable economy in which materials and related information and value circulate together for as long as possible. The circular economy is evolving from utilising waste and side streams towards a material circulation which is smart, innovative and value preserving. The value of materials will increase when they are provided as services. VTT's roadmap highlights the need for the energy system transition, and emphasises the atmosphere as a raw material reserve of the future.
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