The Ellen MacArthur foundation defines circular economy as an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. Today, the analysis of our economy shows that despite some initial efforts, circularity is still only in its infancy. The dominant economic model still considers a strongly linear thinking where end-of pipe solutions are implemented with the aim of taking back valuable materials. Transitioning to a circular economy does not only consist in reducing the negative impacts of the linear economy, it will require a systemic shift in the technical, economic and social spheres. The transition towards a circular economy will require capacities in rethinking the economy in order to design out waste and keep products and materials in use. The recent progress of ICT technologies are thought as being able to boost this transition to a great extent. In the light of the above, the session will address 3 selected thematic clusters, i.e. DESIGN4R, CLOSING THE LOOPS and CONNECTED WORLD in order for the participants to exchange on state of the art situation and explore the opportunities/needs for R&I that may boost the transition towards a circular economy.
Jeremy Millard, Senior Consultant, Danish Technological Institute
Dr. David Peck, Associate Professor, TU Delft
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Weidner, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT
DPhil. MSc. Eng. Carlos Montalvo Corral, Senior Research Scientist. TNO Strategy and Policy
Àngels Orduña Cao
Dr. Maria Soliman
Dr. Ignacio Calleja