The Circular Economy
In August 2020 we hosted a webinar to highlight circular economy practices and challenges, both in Australia and around the world.
A circular economy is a system aimed at encouraging sustainability through the continuous use of resources and reducing or eliminating waste. Business and industries around the world have adopted circular methods to achieve sustainable processes. There is also an increasing trend to national and regional policies on aspects of circularity, most recently in Australia. However, to achieve a truly sustainable circular economy requires market, industry, social, and policy innovation, and global progress to date has been slow.
Associate Professor Gavin Melles discussed the origins of circular economy relative to sustainability, current policy and implementation. He also drew on the contribution of recent circular design proposals and tools. Dr Stacey Konash, discussed different circular business models, focussing on remanufacturing: drivers, barriers and opportunities for R&D.