Event Detail

Scotland Europa | Zero Waste Scotland | Greater Birmingham West Midlands Brussels Office | Birmingham City University | Cornwall Brussels Office | Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall

Design for a Circular Economy

September 20, 2016
Scotland House | Rond-Point Schuman 6 | Brussels

Action on a more circular economy starts with design: the design of products, the design of business models, the design of services, and the design of processes. We have to learn to think about lifecycles, and designers have a key role to play. Better design is one of the key aspects articulated in the EU Circular Economy Action Plan, as it can make products more durable or easier to repair, upgrade or remanufacture. The plan proposes a number of incentives to design products that can be more easily recycled or reused.

This workshop will be an opportunity for practitioners to come together to gather new ideas on how support for design for a circular economy can be facilitated in Europe’s regions. Delivering the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan requires innovation, and the innovation support requires new forms of collaborations.

This workshop provided a scene-setter from a regional development, an academic, and an entrepreneurship perspective. Interactive working groups will discuss specific challenges for design for a circular economy. Our aspiration is that the discussions will articulate a set of recommendations for stakeholders to take home from Design Days

Target Group: 
Academics Regional politicians/ practitioners Business representatives Designers
Aim of the Workshop: 
Encourage participants to understand and value the role of design for the circular economy.
13.00 - 14.00
Registration and welcome coffee
14.00 - 14.10
Welcome Introduction by Steve Harding
14.10 - 15.00
What do we mean by a circular economy? Presentations by Zero Waste Scotland, Birmingham City University and Fiteen Cornwall
15.00 - 16.00
Design principles and challenges for a circular economy - Interactive breakout session (4 groups)
16.00 - 16.15
Coffee break
16.15 - 17.00
Interactive discussion on conclusions from the groups, this will be facilitated by the moderator. Inviting our expert panel from the first session to comment on each of the groups conclusions and pull together the recommendations across the 4 groups