Industry 4.0 holds a great potential to reduce the environmental impact of our production systems and enable the Circular Economy. The session “Paving the twin transition road” at the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Community (G-STIC) conference during the World Expo Dubai 2021 will bring together experts and stakeholders to jointly reflect and discuss how such a transition could look like and how to accelerate it.

A recent study for the European Environmental Agency (EEA) conducted by the European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials in a Green Economy (ETC/WMGE)’s partners Wuppertal Institute, VITO, VTT and the CSCP analyses the opportunities of Industry 4.0 to reduce the environmental impact of our production systems. The focus is set on enabling and sustaining circular economy strategies. The ability of digitalisation and Industry 4.0 as a systemic approach to collect, analyse and transfer data into information, knowledge and wisdom is foundational for scaling up the circular economy. This has also been acknowledged by the 2020 EU Industrial Strategy, where the acceleration of the twin transition is also a key focus. Accordingly, the report investigates potential benefits and illustrates them based on case studies of existing technology applications. It also shows that technologies for digital manufacturing require close attention with regard to their own environmental footprint.

The G-STIC session “Paving the twin transition road” builds on the findings of this study. Throughout the session, participants will have the opportunity to hear about the main insights and learnings stemming from the study. They will also jointly reflect and discuss with expert stakeholders on related implications and leverage points for a twin (green and digital) transition.

Date: 26 October 2021
Time: 12 – 13:30h. (CEST) / 14:00 – 15:30h. (GST, Dubai)
Format: Online
Language: English

For more details, please have a look at the programme here.

Do you work or are interested in digitalisation and sustainability-related topics? Do you want to learn more how digitalisation can support the shift toward more sustainable development and circular economy? Then, register here, join us at the G-STIC conference and become part of the change!

For further questions, please contact Arlind Xhelili.

What innovative solutions could help reduce food losses and waste at the interfaces between sectors? How can artificial intelligence (AI) add value, what are the risks involved and how can these be mitigated? As part of the national action week Germany Saves Food, the CSCP and its partners will host an online webinar to explore these questions with actors across the food supply chain and the scientific community.

In order to look at practical solutions for the reduction of food losses and waste at the interfaces of primary production and manufacturing with retail and wholesale, the webinar is co-organised by all three German Dialogue Forums against food waste, covering primary production, manufacturing and retail & wholesale respectively.

The focus of the webinar will be on AI-based solutions, such as forecasting systems to support optimised planning to prevent overproduction, incorrect orders and returns. Several practical examples will be presented and the webinar will enable an exchange between relevant actors.

The webinar will focus on these key questions:

Are you an actor who is active in primary production (agriculture), food processing or wholesale and retail? Do you work in the scientific sector? Join our webinar and let’s look at new opportunities together!

Date: 22 October 2021
Time: 10:00-12:00 CET
Place: Online
Language: German

Contact us here and meet you at the webinar!

For further information please contact Nora Brüggemann.

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We hear a lot about the economic and environmental benefits of the circular economy, but what about the social benefits? How are the livelihoods and well-being of specific communities affected by the transition? What about social norms, consumer behaviour and the social trade-offs that lie at the heart of the circular economy? At the Electronics Club of the CSCP’s Consumer Insight Action Panel (CIAP) initiative we are looking for pathways that address social implications in the circularity journey.

Both the EU Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan put the stress on fairness and inclusion as important hallmarks for Europe’s sustainability ambitions.

To enhance the discussion on these aspects, we look forward to sharing our CIAP insights at the Circular Week 2021. Join us at our interactive sessions to bring your perspectives and ideas on the social impacts of circularity:

The workshops are free of charge and participants can attend one or both of them, with the second building upon and presenting main highlights of the first.

Are you on a journey to circularity? Have you thought about the social implications that come along? Reach out to us and let’s collaborate to ensure that circularity leads to more sustainability, but also that the circularity transition itself is inclusive, fair, and just for everyone!

For further questions, please contact Rosalyn Old.

We live in unique times: The ongoing pandemic has brought us to a new normal, digitalisation is in full swing and there is an urgent need for action for more sustainability in all areas of life. Companies that manage to see these challenges not as a burden but as an opportunity for innovation are able to create competitive advantages and be successful. Harnessing the sustainability potential associated with their digitalisation activities enables such companies to achieve economic goals while bringing about positive socio-ecological impacts.

The European reconstruction plan NextGenerationEU, which focuses on digitalisation and climate protection, and the European Green Deal offer guidance and tangible support in this regard. While pioneering companies are already succeeding in translating sustainability requirements into competitive advantages in their core business by using digital means, linking sustainability and digitalisation activities is still a challenge for the majority of companies.

This joint conference of the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum eStandards and, Centre for Digital Responsibility in NRW will focus on these key aspects:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia will open the conference which will be attended by representatives of the EU Commission, the business sector, and field experts. The conference focuses on sharing insights from business to business. We look forward to discussing the challenges and learnings from the sustainable-digital transformation with top management representatives from award winning companies such as:

Date: 14 October 2021
Time: 10:00-16:15
Place: Online
Language: German

Does this spark an interest? Register here and meet us at the conference!

This conference is organised by the Competence Centre eStandards in cooperation with NRW-Centre for Economy and Digital Responsibility and aims at reaching out to decision-makers from small and mid-sized enterprises.

For further questions, please contact Arne von Hofe.

The transition to the Circular Economy needs collaboration. That’s why the first German festival on circular economy is an open social innovation event, calling on all relevant actors to join hands in accelerating the transition.

For a societal endeavour of this scale, stakeholders from civil society, academia, policy, industry, and more need to be actively engaged. The first edition of the German Circular Economy Festival wants to galvanize stakeholders and serve as a platform for open social innovation.

More than 60 ideas for different sessions have been submitted to the Circular Futures Festival. The festival is co-organised by the CSCP together with Project Together, Circular Economy Initiative Germany , the Technical University Munich and Circular Munich.

Join us on 7 & 8 October 2021 and be part of any of the numerous formats, such as speaker circles, maker spaces, learning labs, panel discussions, and more. On 7 October 2021, join Michael Kuhndt, CSCP Executive Director at the panel discussion “Germany’s next steps towards a circular economy – How do we shape the path together?”! Find out details and register here.

On 8 October, join our CSCP project manager, Thomas Wagner at the session “From compliance to opportunity – Circular Economy as an innovation opportunity” – for more information click here. For insights on the role of consumers in circular economy, join CSCP’s Stephan Schaller at the session “From waste to wow” on 8 October – check out the details here.

The festival aims at offering all participants a space to connect, learn, and engage with other relevant stakeholders committed to closing the loops and circular innovation.

For a detailed programme, please visit the Circular Futures Festival website.

Join the Circular Futures Festival – register now!

For further questions, please contact Thomas Wagner.