The second Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Acceleration Workshop of 2018 takes place this week in Krickenbeck, Germany, and brings together members in the spirit of pre-competitive, cross-organisation and cross-sector collaboration. The workshop sees two new papers being published:
Google’s Mike Werner, Robin Bass, Priya Premchandran, Kate Brandt and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Darien Sturges, have together produced a new paper investigating The Role of Safe Chemistry and Healthy Materials in Unlocking the Circular Economy.
The paper concludes that realising a circular economy requires that we create safe materials and build the systems, infrastructure and technology to keep safe molecules flowing endlessly. Achieving this needs chemical hazard evaluation tools to assess and then optimise material chemistry for human and environmental health, so that better decisions can be made during design. It also requires collaboration across industries for materials and products that are both high performing and optimised to flow through commerce safely, to be developed. We also need a revolution in recycling technologies to enable circular flow of materials.
The latest CE100 Collaborative Project to publish its findings, now live on the Foundation’s website, has seen members IKEA, Essity, DSM and Tetra Pak collaborate on a new paper Renewable Materials for a Low-Carbon and Circular Future.
The paper seeks to explore the role renewable materials will play in achieving a low-carbon, circular economy. The potential for these materials to contribute to achieving a circular economy is not yet clearly understood, however maximising the use of renewable materials could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while increasing innovation opportunities and economic growth. To achieve this, businesses, researchers, and governments need to align on a common vision.