Lecture | Urban Studies Seminar
Circular Economy: A Critical Ingredient for a Sustainable Future
- Thursday 9 May 2019
2511 DP The Hague
- Café downstairs
Urban Studies Seminar series
The Urban Studies Seminar series offers the opportunity for students and staff to get to know more about the research of the Urban Studies teaching staff. Sit down in the café and have a drink and snack while listening.
By 2050 70% of the global population will live in cities, the average citizen will be three times as rich and spend a significant amount of this wealth on smart products and in the same period we will have to reduce our net CO2 emissions to zero. The urbanisation, production of smart products and the energy transition will all require significant amounts of common, less common and exotic materials. At the same time miners, industries and producers are looking for a licence-to-operate via responsible sourcing of their raw materials. The current linear take-make-dispose model will not be able to supply these materials in a sustainable way. We will have to move to an economic model in which the value of materials is preserved as much as possible, thereby reducing the depletion of resources, the environmental and social impacts of the mining and manufacturing as well as the geopolitical vulnerability.