Assessment of the current status of the circular economy for developing a roadmap


This Technology Transfer Advances

  • Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Mexico's Nationally Determined Contributions. All countries have included greenhouse gas emission reduction committments in their NDCs; Chile, a 30 per cent reduction of emissions per unit of GDP by 2030, and varying between 35 and 45 per cent if international contributions are received; Brazil, a reduction of 37 per cent by 2025 compared to 2005 levels and an indicative contribution of 43 per cent by 2030 (also compared to 2005 levels); Mexico, an unconditional reduction of 22 percent in its GHG emissions by 2030 and a conditional reduction of 36 per cent by 2030, compared to a BAU (business as usual) scenario; and Uruguay’s emission reduction targets for 2030 by sector comparable to 1990 levels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, 



Circular economy is an industrial model that is restorative by design and proposes that, instead of extracting natural resources, materials that have already been processed can be recovered and reused in various ways, thus protecting natural resources from over exploitation, an issue that is particularly sensitive in Latin America. The objective in this is to keep scarce, valuable resources in circulation for longer periods of time, promoting recycling and avoiding loss of materials. Achieving these objectives requires alternative models of business such as reuse, remanufacturing and product-as-service.


CTCN Support

To perform an assessment of the circular economy and to prepare a road map for each requesting country, revealing who are the key actors/interested parties and characterizing gaps and deficits, to serve as input for the collaborative construction of a roadmap on this issue, to serve as a management tool for the future implementation phase.

Expected Impact

●    Reduced use of resources needed per unit produced;

●    Reduction of the quantity of waste produced;

●    Reduction of the quantity of energy consumed. Reuse of raw materials reduces the amount of energy required to obtain an element that can be re-used in preparing the same or another product;

●    Development of new businesses and generation of new job positions. Latin America presently has a low rate of recycling and increasing the present rate will create the need to hire more personnel for the various tasks required in the different links of the value chain of each product prepared;

●    Promotion of innovation, because it is necessary to change the production model and update the production infrastructure, equipment and technologies, to process what is today considered waste (future raw material);

●    Mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.



Date of submission
Geographical scope
Regional multi-country
Budget range

Project details

Cross-sectoral enabler
Economics and financial decision-making
Governance and planning
Final type of assistance
Sectoral roadmaps and strategies
Request NDE
Agency of Sustainability and Climate Change
Climate Change Division - Ministry of Housing, Land Planning and Environment
General Coordination of Climate Science, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI)
National Institute for Ecology and Climate Change
Factor Ideas Integral Services, S.L.
Americas Sustainable Development Foundation (ASDF)
This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals