Circular economy: an introduction and activity in the Netherlands

on the June 6, 2018

Open to researchers, students and PhD – free access
A scientific seminar about circular economy will take place on the 6th of June in the amphitheater Gosse at Grenoble INP Génie industriel from 1:30pm to 3pm. David Peck, senior Research Fellow, Critical Materials and Circular Design at Delft University of Technology, will introduce the principles of a circular economy, and outline how a CE approach encourages sustainability and competitiveness in the long term.
Creating a circular economy (CE) in Europe is one of today’s big societal challenges. Globally, cities consume 75% of natural resources globally (materials, energy, water). They produce 50% of global waste and 60-80% of greenhouse gas emissions (UNEP, 2012). Implementing circular economy principles is therefore of paramount importance to achieve a resource efficient and sustainable society. 

In a circular future, the value of cities, buildings, components and materials are maintained for as long as possible. Resource use and waste are minimized, and when a component reaches the end of its life, it is used again to create further value. This can bring major economic benefits. 
This presentation will introduce the principles of a circular economy, and outline how a CE approach encourages sustainability and competitiveness in the long term.

The presentation shows how a circular transition will:

  • preserve resources – including some which are increasingly critical, or subject to price fluctuation
  • save costs for European industries
  • build a new generation of innovative, resource-effective businesses – making and exporting clean products and services around the globe
  • create local low and high?skilled jobs
  • create opportunities for social integration and cohesion

David Peck, Short biography

  • Senior Research Fellow, Critical Materials and Circular Design,  Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Faculty Architecture and Built Environment,  Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL, Delft, The Netherlands
  • Visiting Professor, Coventry University, Faculty Engineering, Computing and Environmental Studies, Coventry,  UK
  • Adjunct Professor, Politecnico di Milano, MIP, Graduate School of Business, Milan,  Italy
  • Leader, TU Delft, Large Projects – EU KIC EIT Raw Materials & EU Horizon 2020.

Senior Research Fellow, David Peck, researches and teaches in the field of circular built environment and critical materials, based in the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

David is also visiting Professor with Coventry University and an adjunct Professor at MIP Politecnico di Milano, Graduate School of Business. He is the TU Delft lead scientist for EU Horizons 2020 projects ProSUM and ERN. David is TU Delft scientific leader for the EU KIC EIT Raw Materials. He leads a number of education and upscaling projects in this 2 bn Euro programme that has a focus on CRM and circular.

Published on July 13, 2018

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Grenoble INP – Génie industriel,
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