Renewable Matter # 29-30 / September-December

Algeria’s Hard Path Towards a Circular Economy

by Ilaria N. Brambilla

Algeria, having suffered political turmoil in recent months, is attempting to put its practices into question and rethink its economy, which is largely based on oil exports. The goal is to convert to a circular model and energy diversification. Fatma Zohra Zerouati, a former journalist and current Minister for the Environment, is the woman in charge of this transition.


2019 has been a complex year of transition for Algeria: street protests lasting over eight months led to the resignation of long-governing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the interim government appointed to lead the country to new elections is facing similar opposition from the public. Protesters lament the persistence of a “caste” system in the Algerian political landscape. The...

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