CE.20.012 – Ingredients for a Circular Wine Industry

Route: Circular economy

Cluster question: none

The circular economy (CE) is perceived as a sustainable economic system where the economic growth is decoupled from the resources use. A move towards CE requires a policy context, where definitions, methodologies, objectives and practices are consistent and coherent. The project aims to understand the institutional arrangements needed in the successful implementation of a CE approach. This is achieved through a series of case studies in the agro-sector, specifically the wine industry cross different countries, such as Italy, Mexico, Chile and the Netherlands.

The project has three overall objectives:

1. Develop circularity metrics for the wine industry: (a) identify the foundations of circularity metrics used so far; (b) evaluate the validity of current circularity metrics, based on predefined requirements and a CE definition anchored in the sustainability concept; (c) provide recommendations on how to measure circularity.
2. Setting Circularity targets: (a) identify existing targets to promote a circular economy; (b) assess the different strategies and practices used; (c) proposes a set of targets for the transition to a circular economy together
3. Implementation of the Circularity Agenda: (a) understand the is the role of policy entrepreneurs; (b) analyse the power of discourse in convincing producers, citizens and consumers of the value of CE; (c) develop a toolkit for stakeholders engagement.


circular economy, Metrics, Policy Entrepreneurs, Stakeholder Engagement, Wine Industry


Organisation Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (UU)
Name Dr. Ir. Jesus Rosales Carreon
E-mail j.rosalescarreon@uu.nl
Website https://www.uu.nl/staff/JRosalesCarreon