As the major institution of higher education in Brazil, and as one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America, the University of Sao Paulo (USP) intends to lead the development of knowledge, education and research of the circular economy across South America.
The partnership between USP and Ellen MacArthur Foundation will aim to promote circular economy through research, education and extension activities within society. This partnership presents several fruitful projects, including a programme on life cycle management and engineering innovation for circular economy new business processes and models, research into the socio-environmental issues concerning circular economy and the wider integration of circular economy into the policies and curriculum of the University.
Aside from working towards a more circular economy, the programme also addresses to support organisations and the government in embedding circular principles and tools to drive the transition to a circular economy.
USP is proud to be a Pioneer University with the aim of becoming a global catalyst for the circular economy across the southern hemisphere.
“In creating a strong, multidisciplinary, highly motivated group of professors and researchers, we aim to transform linear thinking by introducing a more circular model. Integrating life cycle thinking and circular economy principles into everyday business processes such as; product development, supply chain management, business strategy, manufacturing and development, will encourage more closed loop practices throughout South America. To make this transition successful we are putting together the tools and principles required to transfer circular values into the wider economy."