For centuries the global economy has been based on a principle of 'take' and 'waste': resources have been extracted from the ground to make products that end up back in the ground as refuse. This is a one-sided, linear system and given the current state of knowledge about resource scarcity and energy, this system is finite. We cannot depend on raw materials forever and need to handle resources more efficiently to create a more sustainable future.
An alternative to this way of thinking is the concept of a circular economy that involves conventional recycling, but also refurbishment, repair, reuse and remanufacturing. It involves strong collaboration between creative and industrial sectors, governments and civil societies, research and business.
Within this priority area we invite Dutch researchers that are working to ensure sustainable development and the efficient use of resources in close collaboration with various stakeholders to participate.