TU/e leads new research project “Transitioning to a Circular Business Ecosystem”

December 21, 2022

The research aims to guide companies to transition to a circular business ecosystem

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The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and The Paris Agreement both place the circular economy at the center of the transition to sustainability. Though it may appear circular, our existing economic structure is anything but. This is not always a result of a lack of desire, since many companies, both large and small, have included defined sustainability goals into their strategic vision. The "how to" question, however, is causing them some difficulty. To close the loop, how can entire supply chains be redesigned? How can the associated operations and logistics be changed? Circularity cannot be achieved by companies on their own, and this is a vital requirement. In the end, circularity is a system-wide characteristic that applies to all products, services, and business models. This research project studies circularity from an ecosystem perspective.

TU/e researcher Néomie Raassens leads the research, funded by TKI Dinalog Topsector. The consortium exists of academic partners as TU/e OPAC group, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, HU University of Applied Sciences, and Wageningen University & Research. More than thirty industry and valorization partners complete the team. The project will be embedded in the ESCF Circular research program.