An important theme in the cooperation among the alliance members is Circular Society. The four institutions cooperate within this theme in order to contribute to the transition to a sustainable society.
The demand for raw materials for food, accommodation, clothing and electrical appliances has risen sharply in recent years, whereas the available supply is shrinking. A circular economy does not produce waste and keeps recycling raw materials. This allows us to unburden the environment and to continue to lead prosperous lives. The cooperation between TU/e, WUR, UU and UMC Utrecht brings together complementary areas of expertise which together are needed to find safe, responsible ways of reducing the use of raw materials.
Circularity as a leading principle is attractive but yet abstract. How does the principle relate to practical situations for citizens and companies? Which changes in behaviour and legislation are needed? By using and working with cases, the working group will be able to share transferable insights and views.
The healthcare sector is a major consumer of energy, water and raw materials, making it a considerable polluter. In order to reduce the sector’s CO2 emissions and promote a circular approach, sustainable alternatives must be found in different areas such as energy consumption and the use of plastic. The necessary changes that need to be made, are not only technical changes but need also to be made in the field of legislation or in the daily working routine.