FUTURING activities have been based on the holistic perspective of Circular Economy by considering how to support and strengthen the three main pillars of sustainability, i.e. Planet, People and Profit. Therefore, the expected vision for Europe in 2030 and the accompanied policy recommendations are formulated accordingly to simultaneously ensure sustainable environment, society and industry of the future.
As a result of the transition from a linear to a circular scheme in economy, realized by employing advanced production technologies intelligently, by well-designed incentives and regulations, by changes in social behavior, and increased public and private investments in sustainable manufacturing, Europe will be able to meet the vision of future EU industry.
Within the context of the FUTURING Project session at G-STIC 2018, a short introduction to the project will take place, summarizing the methodology followed and highlighting the importance of modernizing European Industry, within the context of circular economy. Circular economy represents the achievement of a great transition from a linear way of producing/consuming/wasting to a global circular optimization of the flows of products, services and sustainable employment, with several financial, societal and environmental benefits when implemented correctly. Effort should be given to facilitate the integration and maturity of technological solutions applied across different disciplines and sectors and to demonstrate how they can work in combination towards novel Circular Economy implementations. Aspects from a company’s point of view, related to Industry 4.0 and corporate responsibility, as well as additional circular economy implications for manufacturing companies, will be discussed during the session.
Additionally, the FUTURING Project session at G-STIC 2018 will help gaining a deeper understanding of the limits and drawbacks of the current linear situation, and emphasize through investigated projects and other sources, the lessons learned, the return of experiments, cases, benchmarks, as well as the barriers and best practices to trigger this transition. It is important to showcase Circular Economy best practices aiming to inform the general public on the benefits of European Industry transformation within the context of Circular Economy as well as to make scientifically-validated information publicly available, reinforcing people’s technical and scientific culture towards Circular Economy.
A set of key policy recommendations to support, in an effective way, the relevant EU industry transformation will be presented categorized in six building blocks: Science & Technology, Business & Innovation, Human & Society, Policy & Finance, Environmental Responsibility as well as Education & Training, which was identified as perhaps the most important building block. For example, recommendations to convey the Circular Economy paradigm to society and people, from high-school to university and to the European industry workforce are provided in this building block. FUTURING promotes the notion of “A clean, smart and innovative industry for all Europeans”. The Circular Economy (CE) approach, powered by digital transformation, is at the core of an industry that is able to bring together economic, social and environmental gains. Such kind of industry is featured by “producing responsibly” to “respond to the needs of citizens that consume responsibly”.
Dr. Konstantinos GEORGOULIAS
Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS)
University of Patras
Patras 26504, Greece
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