Circular Manufacturing Lecture Series Announced

11th December 2017

Eunomia has been commissioned to develop and deliver a series of circular manufacturing masterclasses and industry lectures for businesses in Scotland, on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland. This series of events represent a key deliverable under the Manufacturing Action Plan (MAP) for Scotland, aimed at upskilling, capacity building, and ensuring Scotland’s workforce has the right skills to take advantage of opportunities from a more circular economy.

The Circular Economy Masterclass and Lecture programme administered by Zero Waste Scotland, offers continuing professional development for SMEs based in Scotland and supports work that will deliver circular economy growth. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.

With a programme of leading speakers from the world of manufacturing, these free events running from January to March 2018 are aimed at industry leaders and operational professionals, with a focus on advanced manufacturing and engineering. There are five lectures and ten masterclasses in total, covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to Circular Economy: Principles and outline business models – the broad business case;
  • How to profit from product service systems – lease and asset management/sharing;
  • How to profit from repair, remanufacture and closed-loop recycling;
  • How to manage reverse logistics, material and component reuse – and the role of digital technology;
  • How to design and specify for Circular Economy – durability, repair, reuse, remanufacture and recycling, and the role of 3D printing.

The first industry lecture to kick off the series will be hosted by the Glasgow School of Art on Thursday 18th January 2017, with the key note industry lecture delivered by HP Inc.’s  Mark Dempsey, UK Head of Social and Environmental Responsibility, on the topic, ‘Introducing the Business of Circular Economy: Principles and Models, and the Broad Business Case.’

Other industry leaders invited to share their Circular Economy success stories as part of the lectures series include Tapani Jokinen Vice President of Design at Circular Devices, Dr Stafford Lloyd System and Sustainability Engineer at RiverSimple Hydrogen Cars, Dr Conny Bakker, Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology, and Irene Casanova, Senior Expert in Corporate Development at Deutsche Post DHL.

Registrations are open to all senior decision makers in Scottish manufacturing businesses, and as well as being free, they are CPD-accredited and hosted across Scotland in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Dundee, Dunfermline, Aberdeen, Galashiels and Ayr. The full programme is available online and those interested in attending can register to attend lectures and masterclasses here.

Zero Waste Scotland’s event website will be kept up to date on the range of topics, speakers, dates and venues in the series, and audio-visual recordings of the keynote lectures will be made available following events, as well as attendee conversations driven by the hashtag #MakeThingsLast.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“I’m delighted to announce a programme of exciting and inspirational speakers, who have relevant real-world expertise to share with Scotland’s movers and shakers in the manufacturing sector. Our manufacturers are in a strong position to lead the charge in developing a more circular economy here in Scotland, with all the benefits that entails. I urge key sector figures to sign up for our lecture series, a terrific opportunity to network, hear new ideas, be inspired and learn from the experts how to ‘skill up’ to be able to exploit the opportunities more circular business models offer.”

Senior Consultant in Eunomia’s Resource Efficiency team, Alex Forrest, who has managed the project so far said:

The business case for circular economy approaches in the manufacturing sector is being recognised globally. Those manufacturers that are moving ahead of the curve are demonstrating greater resilience and profitability, accessing new markets and diversifying their customer base.”

Picture caption: Mark Dempsey of HP Inc. will be presenting at the first event in the series, discussing how the company are reinventing the way its products are designed, manufactured, used and recovered as it shifts its business model and operations towards a materials and energy efficient circular economy.