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Smart Cities & The Circular Economy


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Ken Webster, Head of Innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Presented at Crowdsourcing Week Europe 2015. For more information or to join the next event:

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Smart Cities & The Circular Economy

  1. 1. Global Partners of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation: CSW October 2015 Ken Webster
  2. 2. THE ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works across four areas, with the aim of accelerating the transition towards a circular economy: INSIGHT & ANALYSIS EDUCATIO N & TRAINING Catalysing circular activities across the global economy Inspiring learners to re-think the future through the circular economy framework Providing robust evidence about the benefits of the circular economy transition BUSINESS & POLICY COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLISHING Developing the conceptual framework and celebrating best practice
  3. 3. Performance Economy – Walter Stahel Cradle to Cradle – McDonough and Braungart Natural Capitalism – Amory and Hunter Lovins Industrial Ecology – Thomas Graedel Biomimicry– Janine Benyus
  4. 4. ON A PAGE… • worldviews matter – how we think and learn • science sees a world of dynamic non-linear systems • economics reflects the science (?!) • everything is food (two cycles – technical and biological) • shift to renewables • shift from selling goods to services/performance • rebuild/maintain capital to increase useful flows (upcycle) • celebrate diversity –key to innovation and resilience celebrate diversity (a source of creativity and resilience) • prices to reflect full costs to assist markets (e.g. tax non renewables not people) • money and finance are endogenous variables (money mostly a med. of exchange)
  5. 5. REGENERATE SHARE OPTIMISE LOOP VIRTUALISE EXCHANGE Regenerate and restore natural capital Maximise product utilisation Optimise system performance Keep components and materials in closed loops and prioritise inner loops Deliver utility virtually Select resource input wisely Renewable energy Residential sharing Industrial processes Durability and modularity Remanufacturing Piece-by-piece demolition Material banks and stock management Tele-working Virtualisation of products or processes Better-performing, materials Better-performing, technologiesLand restoration Resources recovery and renewables production system Parking sharing Appliances/ tools sharing Co-housing Office-sharing and flexible seating Recycle Smart urban design Energy efficiency Passive design Smart homes, big data, and connected appliances 3D printing SIX ACTIONS TO TRANSFORM THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT Source: Company interviews; Web search. S. Heck and M. Rogers, Resource revolution: How to capture the biggest business opportunity in a c entury, 20 14.
  6. 6. BE PART OF DIF 2015 REGISTER AT: THINKDIF.CO • PARTICIPATE FROM WHEREVER YOU ARE • SHARE YOUR INSIGHTS AND SHOWCASE YOUR INNOVATIONS • DISCOVER THE LATEST DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS • SPREAD INNOVATIVE IDEAS • A 3-week, global, online festival • An abundance of opportunities to explore the question: “The economy is changing - what do I need to know, experience and do?” Be part of DIF 2015: Official Partners of DIF 2015: