Artificial intelligence and the circular Economy – AI as a tool to accelerate the transition

Published; January 2019


This paper provides an initial exploration of the intersection of two emerging megatrends: artificial intelligence and circular economy. Built on insights from over 40 interviews
with experts, the work is a collaboration between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Google, with research and analytical support provided by McKinsey & Company. As well as identifying cross-sector circular economy applications for artificial intelligence, the paper also takes a closer look at the food and consumer electronics industries and how artificial intelligence is being used, or could be used in future, to enable and accelerate the transition in these sectors. It presents the first steps towards a deeper understanding of the subject, and presents a baseline on which to build more comprehensive analysis.