Following the launch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)’s Practitioner Guide to the Circular Economy, Manufacture 2030 and WBCSD joined forces to run a series of three free circular economy webinars. Hosted by Brendan Edgerton, the three sessions focussed on the importance of the circular economy for different sectors, covering design, procurement and manufacturing.

Why?

The aim of the three webinars was to enable design, procurement and manufacturing professionals to:

  • Learn about the importance of design, procurement and manufacturing when embedding circular economy approaches within a business;
  • Explore various circular practices;
  • Gain insight into other companies’ implementation of circular economy approaches.

“Attempting to change a company’s way of thinking is challenging, but it becomes easier if more people within the company become equipped to start conversations around the circular economy.”

– Brendan Edgerton - WBCSD

The webinars explored the following topics:

Webinar 1 – Design
Design for disassembly/deconstruction, maintain-/reparability, recover-/recyclability
Green chemistry
Lifetime extension & durability
Standardisation

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Webinar 2 - Procurement
Bio-based, compostable and recycled resources
Secondary critical raw materials
Safe chemicals
Services (not products)

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“Designers should view the circular economy as a way of developing a more sustainable world, rather than as an end goal.”

– Brendan Edgerton - WBCSD

Webinar 3 – Manufacturing
Additive and lean manufacturing
Dematerialisation
Prefabrication
Refurbishing
Remanufacturing

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At the end of each webinar, participants had the chance to ask Brendan questions, many of which unearthed some extremely interesting topics and key concerns from across different industries.

Questions from participants included:

  1. How might a designer make the case for circularity to the directors of companies which are making goods with planned obsolescence?
  2. Is there a platform for buyers to help them find offcuts, scraps or end of collection fabrics?
  3. What are the main challenges faced by manufacturers when they start to work on the circular economy?
  4. Can you provide further information about the circular economy particularly for chemicals manufacturing? We are faced by many different chemical pollution issues; can the circular economy help with this?

“The best idea is to start small by improving processes, then share information with executive teams and scale up.”

– Brendan Edgerton - WBCSD

How… can I find out more?

If you missed the three webinars, don’t despair! Recordings of each session, the accompanying slides and all questions and answers are available on the Manufacture 2030 platform – you can also ask Brendan questions on any of the three topics and start discussions with our members.

Register now to access all webinar content – it’s quick, easy and free to do!

Once you’ve registered, we thought we’d make life easier for you – the links below will take you to the presentation and slides for each webinar. Enjoy!

Webinar 1 – Design
Webinar 2 – Procurement
Webinar 3 – Manufacturing

This series of webinars is delivered in partnership with Manufacture 2030. The three webinars on the Guide to the Circular Economy are supported by Climate-KIC. Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, is one of the first Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2010. The EIT is the European Union body tasked with creating sustainable European growth and jobs while dealing with the global challenges of our time. www.climate-kic.org