Cillian Lohan is Rapporteur of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) for the circular economy. His fundamental conviction that sustainable and resource efficient business models will eventually out-perform and replace ones that are exclusively profit-driven, make him a self-proclaimed “reluctant environmentalist.” Everybody is asking: can the circular economy save the jobs destroyed by Industry 4.0(1)?“There are going to be a number of stages of progression as we move to a circular economy. At the moment I feel that we are very much at stage one: which is actually job opportunities and supporting re-industrialisation of Europe, which in turn creates opportunities for employment in geographical locations that perhaps have experienced decreasing employment rat...