Received: 2023-02-19  |  Accepted: 2023-07-10  |  Published: 2023-09-30

Title

Circular economy in Egypt: an overview of the current landscape and potential for growth


Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the circular economy in Egypt. With the country facing significant environmental challenges, a circular economy approach can offer sustainable solutions to Egypt's environmental challenges by addressing issues like limited resources, waste generation, and a growing population in an eco-friendly and long-term perspective. This research employs a mixed-methods approach, including a literature review, surveys, and consultations with key stakeholders. The analysis reveals that although there are numerous challenges to establishing a circular economy in Egypt, such as limited understanding, insufficient government backing, and inadequate infrastructure, there are also opportunities, such as increasing demand for eco-friendly goods and services, as well as a receptive business environment. The paper recommends various policy and practical interventions to overcome these barriers and capitalize on these opportunities, including increasing awareness and understanding of the circular economy, developing supportive programs and regulations, investing in infrastructure and technology, and fostering stakeholder collaboration. This paper provides valuable insights into the potential for a circular economy in Egypt and the steps that can be taken to create a more sustainable future for the country. As such, it will interest policymakers, researchers, and practitioners working in the sustainability and environmental management field. The successful implementation of a circular economy in Egypt will require collective efforts from stakeholders to promote long-term sustainability and environmental stewardship.


Keywords

Egypt, circular economy, SWOT, sustainable solutions, food waste, agriculture waste


JEL classifications

O10 , O32


URI

http://jssidoi.org/ird/article/137


DOI


Pages

45-57


Funding

This research was supported by the project MC2 EU project EuropeAid Programme (ENI/2019/413-557).

This is an open access issue and all published articles are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Authors

Rezk, Mohamed Ramadan A.
Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Cairo, Egypt http://www.asrt.sci.eg
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Kapiel, Tarek Y. S.
Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt https://cu.edu.eg
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Piccinetti, Leonardo
Sustainabile Innovation Technology Services Ltd, Limerick, Ireland https://sinnovations.org
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Salem, Nahed
Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Cairo, Egypt http://www.asrt.sci.eg
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Khasawneh, Anas
Sustainabile Innovation Technology Services Ltd, Limerick, Ireland https://sinnovations.org
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Santoro, Donatella
Rete Europea dell'Innovazione (REDINN), Rome, Italy https://www.redinn.it
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Montagnino, Fabio Maria
Cyprus Institute, Aglantzia, Cyprus https://www.cyi.ac.cy
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El-Bary, Alaa A.
Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Alexandria, Egypt https://aast.edu
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Sakr, Mahmoud M.
Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Alexandria, Egypt https://aast.edu
Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Cairo, Egypt http://www.asrt.sci.eg
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Journal title

Insights into Regional Development

Volume

5


Number

3


Issue date

September 2023


Issue DOI


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

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