A Roadmap towards Circular Economy of Albania

This roadmap aims to assist the Albanian government in establishing robust policy foundations for a successful circular economy transition. As an EU candidate country, Albania has committed to align with European climate objectives by endorsing the Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, with the circular economy transition being its key component. Recognising the prominent role of this transition in both national and regional development and proactively addressing the challenges posed by increasing climate change vulnerabilities, reliance on imported raw materials and increased waste, Albania is now poised for a strategic framework followed by concrete actions to embark on this transformative journey. Informed by a comprehensive diagnostic of Albania’s circular economy landscape, the roadmap strategically integrates existing policy initiatives, fostering synergies across sectors, measures and actors involved in this transformation. Highlighting three key areas where circular economy policies can have a significant impact in Albania – economic instruments, circular business models for SMEs and targeted solutions for plastics, with a focus on marine litter – the roadmap unveils 35 policy recommendations. These recommendations, supported by a monitoring framework, should serve as a cornerstone for propelling Albania towards a more sustainable and circular future.

Published on March 15, 2024


Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
State-of-play of the circular economy in Albania
Selected priority areas of Albania’s Circular Economy Roadmap
Economic instruments
Circular business models for small and medium-sized enterprises
Plastics, with a focus on marine litter 
Monitoring framework
Annexes3 chapters available
Stakeholder engagement in developing the Circular Economy Roadmap of Albania
Development co-operation projects on the circular economy in Albania
Non-governmental stakeholders involved in circular economy initiatives in Albania
Powered by OECD iLibrary