Circular Economy: An Introduction
Episode 1: What is the circular economy? How can the circular economy provide solutions to the challenges our current, linear economy brings? We explore the roots of the circular economy together with experts in the fields of industrial ecology,cradle to cradle and biomimicry. Episode 2: Business value in a circular economy Through closed loop supply chains and reverse logistics,new opportunities for business are created. This episode explores value creation and new business models in a circular economy. Episode 3: Longer lasting products The smaller the loop, the greater the profitability of the system. We look at product life extension through the eyes of designers and entrepreneurs. Join us in our repair café! Episode 4: Remanufacturing Remanufacturingenables companies to recapture value on a product or component level. It is currently being rediscovered as a promising business opportunity. We'll explore the topic together with researchers and entrepreneurs. Episode 5: Waste equals Food This episode discusses how we can take inspiration from nature, when redesigning the way we deal with waste. We'll present a fascinating circular case study. Can you identify opportunities for change in your own area’s? Episode 6: Thinking in systems The shift from linear to circular should not be underestimated. This episode will discuss the extent and duration of the transition. It will also ask, is the circular economy really sustainable? Episode 7: Giving back We end the course with a webinar. Your teachers will be available in a live session to discuss some of the thorniest issues and to answer your questions. This is also the week of the final exam.
Ken Webster|Conny Bakker|David Peck