A clean waste-free world – in terms of clean energy and less downcycling.
Energy transition and circular economy
We all know that CO2 concentrations in the air are reaching their limits and that climate change is occurring. We all know that waste and CO2 are dirty. We all know that we are spoiled with our current energy system and should worry about all our waste. But… what if we DID care? What if we STOPPED being spoiled? What if we didn’t define products as waste, but saw CO2 and other residuals as a valuable starting point? What if we designed solutions for clean CO2-free energy? What if we innovate our energy and material system towards something different? How can we give guidance to various stakeholders to make the right decisions and reach a cleaner more waste-free world? What guidance is needed?
Do you have any suggestions on how to do so? We challenge everyone to bring new ideas to the table! Your ideas do not have to provide a complete and overall answer to our broad research question. We are looking for concrete ideas, both small and large, rather than abstract thoughts. We are excited to discover more about your ideas, so go ahead and submit them!
- How to prevent downcycling and reduce CO2 emissions in industry, mobility, built environment or agricultural sectors?
- How to use residuals as a valuable feedstock?
- How to demonstrate the quality of residual materials and enhance warranties of reused materials?
- How to match the demand and supply of reused materials (in quantity, quality and on time)?
- How to optimize the construction and maintenance of circular designs?
- When and how to convert residuals to green fuels?
- What materials can be replaced by biobased materials and how to use biobased materials?
- How to make smart use of smart grids?
- How to make energy systems more efficient?
- How to facilitate the energy transition now and in the future?
- How can we reduce the CO2 concentration in the air?
- How can we improve the purification of water and availability of clean water?
- How to recover materials?
Circular economy, energy transition, upcycling, recovery, material usage, biobased materials, raw materials, feedstocks, reduce, reuse, recycle, renewable energy, green fuels, material quality, energy consumption, material consumption, footprint, CO2, environmental costs, environmental impact, emissions, renewable resources