This report by the Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) of EPRS- European Parliamentary Research Service examines the role of waste management in the context of a circular economy transition. The full text of the report is available here: https://goo.gl/9wrXiU
Key challenges relate to moving beyond the perception of ‘waste as a problem’ to ‘waste as a resource’. To this end high levels of cooperation are needed between the waste industry and enterprises engaged in circular economy business models. Collecting high quality waste streams for re-use, remanufacturing and recycling also requires citizen engagement and integrated infrastructure development from the municipal to the EU level.
Business leaders and governments alike are acknowledging that continued long-term value creation requires a new economic model that is less dependent on cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and that is able to restore and regenerate natural capital. In its research to date, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has demonstrated that the circular economy is a clear value creation opportunity. As many policymakers become interested in this promising model, they envisage the important role they can play in creating the right enabling conditions and, as appropriate, setting direction to unlock it.
1. First: Make sure you are in http://sustain.ecoplan.org (or https://sustainabiltyseminar.wordpress.com, same thing.)
2. Course blog”: Go to top right column and click the slot where it says “* Click for free subscription. At that point you will be sent a welcoming informing you see that you are “following the log along with xx “amazing people” (their words, not mine ;- ). Since we are working on such a compressed timetable, I suggest you sign up for the daily updates.
Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy in three short days? Instead of the usual full semester at the university with weekly lectures, heavy reading, extensive class discussions, working papers, visiting speakers, tea with your professor, and the rest. With one full week between classes for all that extensive preparatory work to be done each time. But that is not our case here. It’s 2015 and the dynamics of life, learning and work are not standing still. We need a strategy for our time.
Registered students are asked to prepare:
1, Short bio note with your background, country of origin, language(s), education to date and current/eventual career expectations or hopes – 100-200 words, with photo please.
2. Paragraph or so giving your first definition/understanding of sustainable development, and finally a
3. Short statement setting out your reasons for signing up and well as your expectations, hopes for the course (A paragraph or so will do).
Sustainability starts with each of us. So in that spirit each member of the class is asked to calculate their own ecological footprint, and then in a round table presentation report it and comment in less than five minutes. A reasonable starting point for background is the WP entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_footprint, which you are invited to read and eventually comment.