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THE ENERGY ACADEMY IS PART OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Category: Education and sustainable development
Project manager Trine Balskilde Stoltenborg

One of the predominant sustainability trends these years is circular economy (CE). CE reflects a thinking which The Energy Academy has been a part of for several years. It is therefore natural that the Academy helps trigger the many CE potentials in society.

One of the predominant sustainability trends these years is circular economy (CE). CE reflects a thinking which The Energy Academy has been a part of for several years. It is therefore natural that the Academy helps trigger the many CE potentials in society.
The circular economy relies on renewable energy. But it is also much more than that – and lately it has become a prevailing global sustainability thinking. It is a thoroughly analyzed, tested and structured way of thinking about sustainability and new business models. CE is one of EU’s major initiatives that will create growth and sustainable development. Ellen MacArthur Foundation works globally to spread the CE development – and Samsø Energy Academy is deeply involved in this development.
Samsø Energy Academy will gladly show up and elaborate on the following CE statements. For the time being, the Academy works with CE cases regarding energy, urban and built environment, water, agriculture, biogas and food.

WHAT IS CE?

  • Rethinking the entire value chain / product life cycle
    • Design
    • Production
    • Application / use
    • Disposal
  • From waste to resource
  • From waste to service
  • New business models
  • Product and Business Development
  • Cost Efficiency
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability / CSR

WHAT PRINCIPLES FORM THE BASIS OF CE?

  • Design out waste
  • Create resilience through diversity
  • Rely on energy from renewable sources
  • Think in terms of systems
  • Waste is food

WHAT IS IT SAMSØ IS CAPABLE OF DOING WITH CE?

  • We can show that it is good business to invest in the sustainable transition
  • We can demonstrate how the central actors are engaged
  • We can create communities and facilitate economic transition from the old industrial economy to the new collaborative, where the best of the individual resources combine with the strength of the collective
  • Systems and relations thinking is key on Samsø and in CE
    • On the island, however, this is especially coupled with storytelling: “We need structure and systematics, and we need meaningful narratives”
  • Samsø is a global showcase and good practical frontrunner case – and thus an epicenter for branding and getting messages through to a wider audience.

Information on Ellen MacArthur Foundations homepage
http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/overview/concept

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