Overview of the Initiative
Closed-loop economy is now considered as a very promising challenge to support sustainability. It is expected to improve the environmental impacts of the economy mainly by reducing material consumption hoping that emissions and energy consumption reductions will follow the same way. Social impacts should also contribute to improvements. We will focus on manufacturing systems to support closed-loop economy.
This proposal is motivated by proving that closed-loop manufacturing systems are really sustainable, more precisely to understand in which conditions they could be sustainable. It involves to investigate both the most appropriate business models and the parameters that engineers should manage to make them profitable. The breakthrough contribution is to promote new sustainable consumption and production models supported by engineering methods and technologies to implement them efficiently.
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