Circular Society

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.

Social issues
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.

Approach

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 the hubs Circular Safe Hospitals and Circular Inclusive Cities, we will be able to share transferable insights and views.

Circular Safe Hospitals

The Dutch healthcare sector is responsible for 13% of the national footprint of material extraction and for 7% of the national emissions. As one of the most carbon-intensive sectors in the Netherlands, it is a major contributor to climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution of water, air, and land which, controversially, all negatively impact human health and wellbeing. The aim of the hub Circular Safe Hospitals is to increase circularity in hospitals by developing and implementing systemic transdisciplinary circular strategies and scalable solutions that will minimize the ecological footprint of hospitals and her negative effects on global and planetary health. This directly contributes to the mission of the Dutch health care sector to become fully circular in 2050 (Green Deal Sustainable Healthcare).

>To the team of Circular Society

Contact

Jurgen Ganzevles, TUe
Pim de Jager, WUR
Kirsten Hollaender, UU
Sacha Tensen, UMC Utrecht