On 26 January 2017 around 100 members from the Swedish Association for Sustainable Business (NMC) gathered in Solna to attend the network's 2017 kick-off conference.
On 7 and 8 December, the ResCoM consortium gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, to share project progress, including developments on the case study pilots and the tools that will make up the ResCoM software platform. The meeting also provided opportunity to align on the activities remaining until the end of the project.
Development of the ResCoM Serious Game is getting closer to completion. Frederik Westerouen van Meeteren from TU Delft ran two sessions with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation team in Cowes, Isle of Wight to showcase the game as an educational resource and as an opportunity to collect final feedback.
The ResCoM Serious Game, being developed by TU Delft is based around the theme "design for multiple life cycles”. Using learnings from ResCoM, the purpose of the game is to support education of design managers, production managers, financial managers and supply chain managers about the challenges and opportunities of developing a closed loop product system in their company.
The environmental and economic impact of the product design decisions taking into account the interaction with supply chains and business models, allows the players to evaluate the barriers and opportunities circular design and business models may offer their company.
Sarah Heinrich, Schools & Colleges Programme Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation commented “Gamification stimulates the mind and is a great tool for critical engagement and innovation. This game is a great way of bringing about creative friction between consumer and manufacturer perspectives that has the potential to propel real innovation."
The final deliverable is due at the end of October, with a public downloadable version of the game being available by the completion of the ResCoM project next year.
On 8 and 9 June, the ResCoM consortium gathered at the Granta Design offices in Cambridge, UK, to discuss progress and align the activities for the next months.
The World Remanufacturing Summit is an annual conference that provides a forum to address the latest technology trends in the field of remanufacturing. Its aim is to bring leaders from industry and academia together to facilitate international remanufacturing research and industry-related collaboration.
This year's meeting is to be held in Beijing, China, on 25 May and topics include the current state and outlook on remanufacturing in China, the outlook on European Automotive Remanufacturing and insights in several other remanufacturing-related topics.
On 2 December 2015, the European Commission announced the second version of their circular economy package. The aim of the package is to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy.
Kęsţutis Sadauskas, EC’s Director of Green Economy, announced that the European Commission’s Circular Economy package will be released on 2 December 2015. The announcement came during the second day of the Scottish Resources Conference.
The European Commission originally withdrew its original plan in December stating that it wanted to rework the bid to include ‘more ambitious’ proposals.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (partner in the ResCoM project), the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, and SUN (Stiftungsfonds für Umweltökonomie und Nachhaltigkeit), present the results of a major new study at the European Commission’s stakeholder conference on the circular economy in Brussels on 25 June.