The eco-innovation expert group Greenovate! Europe organised an event about “Seizing the opportunities of circular economy in manufacturing” on 20 June 2018 in Brussels. The event investigated which barriers (financial, legislative, technological and non-regulatory) currently prevent companies from investing more in resource efficiency and what are the opportunities that this can bring for the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry.
Experts also presented a range of solutions that can lead to substantial resource savings in industrial processes, showing real-life examples from the metal mechanic sector. The solutions presented included innovations developed in the EU-funded research MEMAN project, which looks into the whole manufacturing value chain – rather than a single company – to make manufacturing processes more resource efficient.
The event brought together 61 participants from manufacturing companies and associations, research centres as well as regional and European Institutions.
You can read the detailed report on the event here
Below you can find the link to the speakers’ presentations:
Barriers and opportunities for circular economy in manufacturing companies:
Johan Wollin, Global Director, Volvo Production System and Energy Management
Sebastian Thiede, Head of Sustainable Manufacturing Research Group, Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), Braunschweig Technical University
Stefan Blume, Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), Braunschweig Technical University
To know more about MEMAN’s solutions for resource efficiency in manufacturing have a look at the final booklet