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Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 5-8 hours per week. You may transfer to later sessions to extend the course....
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 5-8 hours per week. You may transfer to later sessions to extend the course....
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Introduction - Materials

This module explores sourcing of materials from extraction to refining processes as well as the complexity of material supply. It builds a rationale for why we need to transform to a Circular Economy. ...
Reading
25 videos (Total 79 min), 19 readings, 1 quiz
Video25 videos
Introduction to the Circular Economy - Part II1m
Introduction to the Circular Economy - Part III2m
Introduction to the Circular Economy - Part IV1m
What is Mining? - Part I1m
What is Mining? - Part II3m
What is Mining? - Part III3m
Sustainable Mining - Part I1m
Sustainable Mining - Part II2m
Sustainable Mining - Part III2m
From Mining to Metal - Part I1m
From Mining to Metal - Part II3m
From Mining to Metal Part - III1m
Value and Governance - Part I3m
Value and Governance - Part II1m
Criticality6m
How Do We Transition to Circular Economy? - Part I4m
How Do We Transition to Circular Economy? - Part II2m
Follow Your Phone - Part I7m
Euromines - Pursuing Responsible Mining to Support Global Development8m
Aluminium - From Mine to Metal - Mining3m
Aluminium - From Mine to Metal - Alumina Production5m
Aluminium - From Mine to Metal - Smelting4m
Aluminium - From Mine to Metal - Casting1m
Aluminium - From Mine to Metal - Handling the Residue2m
Reading19 readings
Welcome to the Course - Start Here!5m
Grading5m
Course Assignment - Circular Business Model Analysis5m
Course Readings3m
Historical Aspects of Mining10m
Exploration and Extraction10m
The Footprint of Mining10m
Sustainable Mining - Part I10m
Sustainable Mining - Part II - Progress Towards Sustainable Mining Practice10m
Environmental Constraints10m
Managing a Mine-site From Before Mining Until After Mining10m
From Ore to Metal10m
How is Aluminium Made?10m
Global Value Chains5m
Research on Value and Governance (Extension)10m
Criticality10m
Linear to Circular Product Chains5m
Increasing Circularity5m
Elements in a Smartphone5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 130m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Circular Business Models

In this module circular business models are explored in-depth and a range of ways for business to create economic and social value are discussed...
Reading
15 videos (Total 84 min), 12 readings, 2 quizzes
Video15 videos
The Role of Business in the Circular Economy - Part II6m
Circular Economy Business Model Strategies - Part I5m
Circular Economy Business Model Strategies - Part II4m
Business Model Innovation - Part I1m
Business Model Innovation - Part II8m
Drivers for Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy7m
Barriers for Businesses in a Circular Economy4m
Follow Your Phone - Part II10m
ING Bank - Finance and Accounting in a Circular Economy8m
ING Bank - Business Opportunities for a Circular Economy7m
Accus - Entrepreneur Spotlight5m
NNOF - Entrepreneur Spotlight8m
Skillbuilder - Introduction1m
Skillbuilder - Analysis and Application of Analytical Tools1m
Reading12 readings
Slowing, Closing, Narrowing2m
The Role of Business in the Circular Economy (Extension)m
Circular Business Models10m
Circular Strategies and the Business Model Canvas5m
The Importance of a Circular Value Network - An Example10m
The Role of Products-as-a-Service in the Circular Economy10m
Circular Business Model Planning Tool10m
The PESTEL Framework10m
Drivers and Barriers for Businesses in a Circular Economy2m
Overall Assignment Description10m
Circular Business Model Planning Tool - A Guide10m
Case Company Description10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 220m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Circular Design, Innovation and Assessment

This module presents topics like functional materials and eco-design as well as methods to assess environmental impacts....
Reading
14 videos (Total 77 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
Video14 videos
Ecodesign Strategies4m
Nanotech Developments - Part I3m
Nanotech Developments - Part II3m
Nanotech Developments - Part III5m
Assessing the Environmental Sustainability of Circular Systems: Tools and Methods - Part I3m
Assessing the Environmental Sustainability of Circular Systems: Tools and Methods - Part II6m
Assessing the Resource Efficiency of Circular Systems - Part I4m
Assessing the Resource Efficiency of Circular Systems - Part II7m
Assessing the Resource Efficiency of Circular Systems - Part III5m
Follow Your Phone - Part III3m
Swerea IVF - Innovations for Extending the Useful Life of Textiles10m
Ragn-Sells - From Waste to Resources6m
Skillbuilder - Critical Thinking and Assessment4m
Reading8 readings
Introduction to Nanotechnology3m
The Scale of Nano3m
Mimicking Nano in Nature3m
What is LCA?5m
Limitations to LCA10m
LCA Challenges: Recycling and Multi-functionality (Extension)10m
Resource Efficiency Indicators at the Macro Level: The European Union10m
Methods Available to Quantify Resources (Extension)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 320m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Policies and Networks

This module explores the role of governments and networks and how policies and sharing best practices can enable the circular economy....
Reading
15 videos (Total 62 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video15 videos
From Waste to Materials8m
Overview of Policies for a Circular Economy - Part I2m
Overview of Policies for a Circular Economy - Part II1m
Overview of Policies for a Circular Economy - Part III2m
Extended Producer Responsibility - Part I2m
Extended Producer Responsibility - Part II5m
Extended Producer Responsibility - Part III1m
Policies for Extended Product Lifetimes1m
EU Ecodesign Directive5m
Policies and Outlook in The Netherlands4m
Importance of Networks for Sharing Information6m
Follow Your Phone - Part IV5m
OVAM - Policy and the Circular Economy in Flanders6m
Skillbuilder - Context Analysis and Idea Development2m
Reading7 readings
From Waste to Materials - Summary3m
EU and Circular Economy10m
Policy Instruments to Improve Product Circularity10m
EPR for Mobile Phones - Extension5m
Overview of Policies for Ecodesign and Circular Economy5m
Advantages and Disadvantages of Ecodesign Policy Strategies10m
Other Examples of Initiatives to Stimulate Circular Economy via Information Sharing and Networking (Extension)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 420m

Instructors

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Philip Peck

Associate Professor
IIIEE, Lund University
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Jessika Luth Richter

Research Associate
IIIEE, Lund University
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Karl Vrancken

Research Manager and Associate Professor
Sustainable Materials Management, VITO
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Saskia Manshoven

Researcher
Sustainable Materials Management, VITO
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Jeroen Gillabel

Innovation Team Leader
Sustainable Materials Management, VITO
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Erika Faigen

Postdoctoral Researcher
Petrology and Economic Geology, GEUS
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Konstantinos Modis

Professor
Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
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Sophie Sfez

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Sustainable Organic Chemistry and Technology, Ghent University
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Julia Nußholz

Research Associate
IIIEE, Lund University
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Katherine Whalen

Research Associate
IIIEE, Lund University
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David Peck

Associate Professor
Department Architectural Engineering & Technology, TU Delft

About Lund University

Lund University was founded in 1666 and has for a number of years been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Sweden. Lund University unites tradition with a modern, dynamic, and highly international profile. With eight different faculties and numerous research centres and specialized institutes, Lund is the strongest research university in Sweden and one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research. The university annually attracts a large number of international students and offers a wide range of courses and programmes taught in English. ...

About International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics

Founded in 1994, the IIIEE works to advance strategies for sustainable solutions through cutting edge interdisciplinary research, high quality innovative education, and effective communication and strong partnerships. The IIIEE is engaged in interdisciplinary research projects funded by Swedish, European and international funding agencies. Each year, we have over 50 international Masters students at the IIIEE, so far representing over 100 countries worldwide. The IIIEE has approximately 40 staff with more than 15 nationalities....

About EIT RawMaterials

EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector along the value chain by driving innovation, education, and entrepreneurship....

About VITO

VITO is a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, with a goal to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. VITO provides innovative and high-quality solutions, whereby large and small companies can gain a competitive advantage, and advises industry and governments on determining their policy for the future. VITO is based in Mol, Belgium, and has 750 highly qualified employees who work on international projects all around the world....

About Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is an independent research and advisory institution in the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. GEUS serves an advisory role for the Danish and Greenlandic Governments including the ministries of Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Environment, Foreign Affairs and Higher Education and Science. GEUS also operates in the private sector and participates in EU projects, including the EURARE and Minerals4EU projects, and leads the Mineral Intelligence Capacity [MICA] project....

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