Circular Economy: An Introduction

This free open online course led by TU Delft and co-created with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability starts on 13 February, 2018.

The course materials are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.

What you’ll learn

Episode 1: What is the circular economy?

How can the circular economy provide solutions to the challenges our current, linear economy brings? We explore the roots of the circular economy together with experts in the fields of industrial ecology, cradle to cradle and biomimicry.

Episode 2: Business value in a circular economy

Through closed loop supply chains and reversed logistics, new opportunities for business are created. This episode explores value creation and new business models in a circular economy.

Episode 3: Longer lasting products

The smaller the loop, the greater the profitability of the system. We look at product life extension through the eyes of designers and entrepreneurs. Join us in our repair café!

Episode 4: Remanufacturing

Remanufacturing enables companies to recapture value on a product or component level. It is currently being rediscovered as a promising business opportunity. We’ll explore the topic together with researchers and entrepreneurs.

Episode 5: Waste equals Food

This episode discusses how we can take inspiration from nature, when redesigning the way we deal with waste. We’ll present a fascinating circular case study. Can you identify opportunities for change in your own area’s?

Episode 6: Thinking in systems

The shift from linear to circular should not be underestimated. This episode will discuss the extent and duration of the transition. It will also ask, is the circular economy really sustainable?

Episode 7: Giving back

We end the course with a webinar. Your teachers will be available in a live session to discuss some of the thorniest issues and to answer your questions.

For more details and to enrol on the course go the  EdX platform.

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