The Circular Economy Action Plan, published by the European Commission on 11th March 2020, is a promising continuation of the EU executive's ambition from 2015. The plan acknowledges the need to address the block's resource consumption and to reduce environmental pressures driven by consumption. The following analysis assesses to what extent the actions included in the action plan may help deliver such reductions and contribute to a more circular European economy within the boundaries of the planet.

Disclaimer: The arguments expressed in this report are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the opinion of any other party. Corresponding author: Mia Pantzar ( The briefing should be cited as follows: Pantzar, M. and Suljada, T. (2020) Delivering a circular economy within the planet's boundaries: An analysis of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan. Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI): Brussels and Stockholm. Editing and layout: Bartosz Brzezinski (