Members of the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) visited Kamakura, Japan for the 24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (LCE 2017).
The conference is run by the College International pour la Recherche en Productique (CIRP) . Subtitled ‘the next stage of sustainable manufacturing in IoT Era’ the event looks at the way products can be designed and engineered from initial materials, through manufacturing and eventual disposal to fit in with global sustainability goals. This chimes with the work of the CIE-MAP centre and Tim Cooper, Christine Cole, Jagdeep Singh and Alex Gnanapragasam of the Nottingham Trent University (NTU) team all travelled to the event to deliver papers.
The paper from Christine Cole, Alex Gnanapragasam and Tim Cooper ‘Towards a Circular Economy: Exploring Routes to Reuse for Discarded Electrical and Electronic Equipment’ analyses approaches to reuse taken by two UK organisations in order to establish how levels of reuse may be increased. The paper illustrates how different business approaches can make a significant contribution to tackling waste and implementing the circular economy. The paper ‘Towards a Sustainable Business Model for Plastic Shopping Bag Management in Sweden’ from Jagdeep Singh and Tim Cooper outlines research undertaken in Stockholm which concludes that the proposed incentive system for various stakeholders in the value chain could significantly reduce the per capita environmental impacts from plastic bag use in Sweden. (Full programme available here)
The team also took the opportunity to hold meetings with academics from the National Institute for Environmental Studies and University of Tokyo who are working in similar fields in Japan to share knowledge and research findings. This collaboration has already resulted in two conference papers and the submission of a workshop proposal for PLATE 2017 which should see the partnership further strengthened.
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