Webinar: Environmental and Economic implications of circularity

Date:Monday, 18 November, 2019 Time:13:00 - 14:00


Closing the loop via reuse, refurbishment, and remanufacturing provides promising avenues to lower environmental impact while remaining profitable. But are all products suitable for a (so-called) circular economy and under what circumstance? This webinar will address economic and environmental implications of closing the loop in today’s world. Several real product cases will be presented before more general insights are outlined. We will argue that circularity in itself is not a goal but should be seen as one mean to achieve sustainability. The webinar ends with time for questions. Speakers of this webinar are Patricia van Loon (Chalmers Industriteknik), Steve Harris (IVL) and Derek Diener (RISE).

This webinar is part of the ongoing research project LinCS – Linking circularity metrics at product and society level, which is supported by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket). The goal of the project is to understand the conditions needed for a circular offer to be sustainable and to assess macro level impacts of transitioning to a circular economy taking into account rebound effects.

Date: November 18, 2019
Time: 13.00-14.00
Place: Web-meeting
Price: Free of charge
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About the speakers

Patricia van Loon works as project manager circular economy at Chalmers Industriteknik. She holds a PhD in environmental logistics from Heriot-Watt University. In 2014, she was introduced to circular economy when working at INSEAD in France. Since then, her work has focused on helping companies to find a sustainable circular business model that works for them and for society. She leads the LinCS project – linking circularity metrics at product and a society level.

Steve Harris is a senior researcher and project manager at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. He has 20 years experience in sustainability research and consultancy, and a PhD in Industrial Ecology. His work and interests span sustainable products, life cycle assessment, industrial symbiosis and sustainable cities.

Derek Diener is a senior researcher at RISE, group Sustainable Business. He holds a PhD in Life Cycle Management from the Division of Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers University of Technology.  Besides being interested in how product-level environmental impact reduction can contribute to absolute impact reductions at higher levels, Derek works in research and innovation projects focused on the transformation of manufacturing companies from flow-based value creation (sale of stuff) to stock-based value creation (sale of function).

This webinar is arranged by Swedish Life Cycle Center as a part of the research project LinCS – Linking circularity metrics at product and society level (funded by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency) and through the project Swedish platform for the life cycle perspective (funded by the Swedish Energy Agency).