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The Digital Development Trends of Circular Economy in China

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DOI: 10.23977/erej.2021.050407 | Downloads: 16 | Views: 244


Zichen Zheng 1, Tingting Liu 1, Aijun Tang 2, Xinwei Liu 2


1 Institute of Circular Economy, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China
2 China Association of Electronics Equipment for Technology Development, Beijing, China

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Tingting Liu


COVID-19 has become a global health crisis, influencing the development of all walks of life. The lockdown implemented to control the spread of the pandemic has led to the development of digital technology. As a country that has gradually recovered from the epidemic, China's circular economy development pattern has undergone some changes. This study indicates three significant digital development trends in the circular economy in the post-pandemic era. They are "New business models" of the digital economy are integrating into a circular economy, the digital governance capability of circular economy gains more traction, and the digitalization of waste sorting exemplifies the transitions accelerated by the pandemic." Despite the strong momentum of China's digital transformation, there are difficulties in determining data ownership and collaboration among stakeholders.


Circular economy, Digitalization, Post-COVID-19 era


Zichen Zheng, Tingting Liu, Aijun Tang, Xinwei Liu, The Digital Development Trends of Circular Economy in China. Environment, Resource and Ecology Journal (2021) 5: 36-38. DOI:


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[3] China Academy of Information and Communication Technology. (2020) White Paper on China's Digital Economy Development. 
[4] Smart Environmental Sanitation Alliance. (2020) Future community waste sorting: Intelligence, Information, and Autonomy. 

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