It is common ground that we live in a finite world with a limited availability of natural resources. Yet, our current economic system is based on unlimited growth and extraction. Usually, this system is referred to as a linear economy model, where take - make - use - waste are the distinct steps of processing and later disposal.
If everyone on the planet consumed like the average European, we would need almost three planets earth to sustain the global economy.
Only recently, in March 2020, the EU has adopted circularity as the new economic paradigm for Europe. So what exactly is a “circular economy” and how can companies respond to this new economic paradigm?
The idea of a circular economy is to use economic, natural and social capital wisely and diligently to decouple economic growth and prosperity from consumption of finite resources. In this course, we explore the idea of a “circular economy” and will take a closer look on the following questions:
Type of training
The course will blend different learning approaches but is based on virtual face-to-face learning.
Presentations and short explanatory video clips will be followed by group work with an emphasis on exchange between participants.
An important part of the training will be case-studies of companies having already successfullly implemented elements of the circular economy-approach. Analysis and discussion of findings will help participants understand what can be transferred into their business context.
The training runs over two days with working times from 9.00 - 17.00hrs.
Introduction to Circular Economy (I)
Case studies: Circular Economy applied (practical examples)
virtual coffee break & networking
Introdcution to Circular Economy (II)
Group work (II): takeaways from case-studies
Group work (I): reflecting on own situation & challenges
Sharing of lessons learned & take-home messages
Wrap-up day 1
Wrap-up of training
Objectives and outcome
After the course participants are able to explain what “circular economy” means, what the different facets of it are and how a circular business model looks like.
Participants understand why circular economy matters and what the business opportunities are that come with it.
They are in a position to decide whether and where it makes sense to further expand their own business models towards circular economy and they are able to develop first strategies to implement circular economy approaches within their companies.
Participants would require their own laptop and a stable high-speed internet connection to take part in this course.
Decision makers and other representatives of SME’s active in raw materials extraction, trade or recycling who are eager to understand and explore the potential of “Circular Economy”-approaches for their own field of activity. Especially, but not limited to:
Dr. Christoph Soukup, who is a business economist by training, has been working in various management positions in the automotive industry for more than 20 years before deciding to give his personal career a major twist. He quit his job for a career break and now works as independent consultant heading the Steinbeis Consulting Center Circular Economy. Inspired by the concepts of sustainability, circularity and the idea to make the world a (slightly) better place, he consults small and medium-sized companies and facilitates their transition journey into a circular economy.