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    7 Weeks
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    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
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    Self-paced on your time

Prerequisites

None

About this course

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Our global society is not sustainable. We all know about the challenges we’re facing: waste, climate change, resource scarcity, loss of biodiversity. At the same time, we want to sustain our economies and offer opportunities for a growing world population. This course is about providing solutions we really believe in: a Circular Economy.

In this course we explore the Circular Economy: how businesses can create value by reusing and recycling products, how designers can come up with amazingly clever solutions, and how you can contribute to make the Circular Economy happen.

You will learn to re-think the economic system you’re experiencing every day, and act upon it. Be a leader in this major paradigm shift! Shape a more circular future together with our global network.

The course is led by TU Delft and co-created with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability.

What you'll learn

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Episode 1: What is the circular economy?

How can the circular economy provide solutions to the challengesour current, linear economy brings? We explore the roots of the circular economy together with experts in the fields ofindustrial ecology,cradle to cradleandbiomimicry.

Episode 2: Business value in a circular economy

Throughclosed loop supply chainsandreversed logistics,new opportunities for business are created. This episode explores value creation andnew business modelsin 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 ofdesignersandentrepreneurs. 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 withresearchersandentrepreneurs.

Episode 5: Waste equals Food

This episode discusses how we can takeinspiration from nature, when redesigning the way we deal with waste. We’ll present a fascinating circularcase 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 reallysustainable?

Episode 7: Giving back

We end the course with awebinar. 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.

Meet your instructors

Conny Bakker
Professor of Design Methodology for Sustainability and Circular Economy
TU Delft
David Peck
Senior Research Fellow, Circular Built Environment and Critical Materials - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
TU Delft
Ester van der Voet
Associate professor
Institute of Environmental Sciences CML at Leiden University

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