The Urban Water Value Chain and Circular Economy Policies by Experience ANU published on 2019-03-07T02:07:14Z The circular economy has become a major direction in European Union policy aiming at reducing the use of resources and energy through shifting the paradigm of waste management. Instead, waste is no longer ‘waste’ but thought of as a combination of resources ready to be re-fed back into the economy. Transferring the concept of the circular economy to the urban water sector is often narrowly seen as only the opportunities presented through upgrading wastewater treatment technologies. Indeed, it is possible to apply some principles through extracting valuable resources like phosphorus, or reusing water for irrigation and sludge for agriculture or energy utilisation. Professor Ribarova argues that a circular economy should be perceived from a wider perspective looking at the entire urban water chain. This Jean Monnet Europa Policy Lab is presented with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.