Powering the Change: To a Circular Economy
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A Circular Economy is an economy that is ‘restorative by design, and aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times’ (Ellen Macarthur Foundation). In contrast to today’s ‘linear economy’ of make, use and discard, the Circular Economy (CE) aims to reduce carbon and waste throughout the lifecycle of products and systems, by identifying, developing and realising economic opportunities from undervalued, lost or wasted resources.
Redesigning products, systems and services to maximise their social and economic returns whilst reducing their environmental impact, the Circular Economy is now being adopted by governments, businesses and communities around the world.
This forum will bring together businesses, government agencies, and researchers to explore:
· What the Circular Economy can mean for business, government and community
· How the Circular Economy can create new opportunities for sustainable growth
· How the Circular Economy can reduce waste and carbon while growing the economy
· How the Circular Economy can grow SMEs and develop new employment opportunities
· How innovative research can support and further the goals of the Circular Economy
· How innovative design can help create and implement Circular Economy opportunities
· How each industry – from food to leisure - can benefit from the Circular Economy
Typical strategies employed in the pursuit of the Circular Economy are:
· Discovering and utilising neglected or wasted resources, products, services and systems
· Designing smarter eco-products that last longer, and can be used, and reused many times
· Linking together businesses to turn their waste resources into new business opportunities
· Increasing and implementing activities involving repair, reuse, remanufacture and upcycling
· Recycling materials more effectively, and converting wastes into materials for further use
· Changing government policies, strategies and legislation to support the Circular Economy
· Converting products into product service systems to reduce their environmental impact
· Developing a learning society to engage and develop capabilities in the Circular Economy
· Developing online systems to support, transition to, and implement the Circular Economy
Abstracts should address one of the above themes, in no more than 200 words.
Full Papers will be 3500 words maximum.
1) Academic papers (peer reviewed) – 15 minute presentations on one of the above themes (accepted peer-reviewed papers will be published in an edited book)
2) Presentations (govt., business, communities) – 15 minute presentations
· First call for proposals and website Live 30 May
· Proposal submission deadline 30 June
· Advice of acceptance onto the program 17 July
· Full paper submission 4 September
· Peer review outcomes 2 October
· Final accepted papers 30 October
· Conference 15-16 November