As consumer demands grow for products and services so to do the demands for natural and material resources. Business models premised on extractive practices of ‘take, make, and dispose’ are contributing to significant environmental degradation.
This research area considers the social and business perspectives of waste, particularly the role that the circular economy can play.
This proposed business solution is aimed at transforming industrial operations by keeping products and materials in circulation for as long as possible, eliminating waste, and adopting greener energy in the production processes. Recent work includes funding from REPIC, the UK’s largest WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) compliance scheme, to identify possible improvements in forecasting and help shape electronic waste recycling policies in the UK; contributions to the WBCSD Roadmap for Curbing Ocean Waste report and UNEP's Global Waste Management Outlook publications; and a PhD project collaborating with the WBCSD Circular Economy and Zero Waste International Network.
Key researchers: Dr. Alison Stowell, Dr. Lingxuan Liu, Dr. Dmitry Yumashev, Dr. Ivar Struijker Boudier, Marta Ferri