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A critical analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy and ecosystems and opportunities for circular economy strategies

Ibn-Mohammed, T., Mustapha, K.B., Godsell, J., Adamu, Z., Babatunde, K.A., Akintade, D.D., Acquaye, A., Fujii, H., Ndiaye, M.M., Yamoah, F.A., and others. (2021) A critical analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy and ecosystems and opportunities for circular economy strategies. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 164 . Article Number 105169. ISSN 0921-3449. (doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105169) (KAR id:83281)

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Abstract

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on the 11th of March 2020, but the world is still reeling from its aftermath. Originating from China, cases quickly spread across the globe, prompting the implementation of stringent measures by world governments in efforts to isolate cases and limit the transmission rate of the virus. These measures have however shattered the core sustaining pillars of the modern world economies as global trade and cooperation succumbed to nationalist focus and competition for scarce supplies. Against this backdrop, this paper presents a critical review of the catalogue of negative and positive impacts of the pandemic and proffers perspectives on how it can be leveraged to steer towards a better, more resilient low-carbon economy. The paper diagnosed the danger of relying on pandemic-driven benefits to achieving sustainable development goals and emphasizes a need for a decisive, fundamental structural change to the dynamics of how we live. It argues for a rethink of the present global economic growth model, shaped by a linear economy system and sustained by profiteering and energy-gulping manufacturing processes, in favour of a more sustainable model recalibrated on circular economy (CE) framework. Building on evidence in support of CE as a vehicle for balancing the complex equation of accomplishing profit with minimal environmental harms, the paper outlines concrete sector-specific recommendations on CE-related solutions as a catalyst for the global economic growth and development in a resilient post-COVID-19 world.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105169
Uncontrolled keywords: COVID-19; Circular economy; Sustainability; Sustainable development; Supply chain resilience; Climate change
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Adolf Acquaye
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 09:43 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2021 15:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83281 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Acquaye, A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0430-2498
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