Executive Summary - Foresight Study on the Circular Economy and its effects on Occupational Safety and HealthKeywords:
Phase 1: Macro-scenarios
The transition to a circular economy (CE) is fundamental to the EU’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, while at the same time creating sustainable growth and quality jobs.
EU-OSHA’s foresight project considers how different sectors may be affected by efforts to implement a CE up to 2040, and the consequences this could have for occupational safety and health.
This report — phase 1 of the project — employs four future scenarios as a starting point to discuss both the potential risks and opportunities. Special focus is given to the effects of digitalisation, (a key enabler of the shift to a CE, and the impact on the waste sector, which will have a critical role in any future CE.
Work on the scenarios will continue in Phase 2 of this project, which centres on the dissemination and tailoring of the scenarios via stakeholder dialogue and workshops.