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Manufacturing in the Circular Economy

Language:  English
This book is aimed at decision-makers in industry who have heard about circular economy, but do not know how to put it into practice. It includes principles, tools, activities and case studies.
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This book is aimed at decision-makers in industry who have heard about circular economy, but do not know how to put it into practice. It includes: why circular is important for manufacturing, principles of circular economy, tools to evaluate circularity, information on related trends in manufacturing (e.g. digitalisation), types of lateral thinking, suggestions on how to convince others to support circularity, and case studies to inspire. It also includes two activities for the reader.

About the Author

Savina Venkova is the Circular Economy Manager at HSSMI, where she leads a team of consultants to deliver highly innovative R&D programs and transformational consultancy projects with some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies. These projects are focused on practical solutions to help companies unlock the opportunities created by the circular economy. Prior to HSSMI, Savina focused on waste management in factories, hospitals, and a major UK bank with ISS F/S. She has a Master’s in Environment & Sustainable Development from UCL and is a chartered Resource & Waste Manager. Having lived on four continents, Savina brings a nuanced, pragmatic, and people-centred approach to her initiatives.

  • About the author
  • Introduction
  • Glossary
  1. What is the circular economy
    1. The principles of circular economy
    2. Circular inputs, uses, and outputs
    3. Why circular economy is relevant to manufacturing
    4. Chapter summary
  2. Tools for implementing circular economy
    1. Tools and methodologies
    2. Barriers and challenges of existing structures
    3. Activity: How circular is your business?
    4. Chapter summary
  3. Taking everyone on the journey
    1. Lateral thinking in problem-solving
    2. Bringing other business functions, customers, and supply chain partners along for the journey
    3. How other trends and technologies in manufacturing fit in
    4. Activity
    5. Chapter summary
  4. Thinking outside the box: case studies to inspire
    1. Knowledge of circular economy in the production process and integration with operations
    2. Lack of strategy for circular economy
    3. Perception that circular economy is not profitable and measuring financial benefits of circular economy
    4. Meeting consumer expectations for convenience
    5. Lack of effective waste infrastructure or recycling technology that isn’t adequate
    6. Not understanding or effectively implementing reverse logistics
    7. Product design
    8. Chapter summary
  • Table of figures
  • References
About the Author

Savina Venkova