Materials transition required for circular economy
If we hope to halt the depletion of Earth’s resources and act on climate change, we will have to take a different view on materials and material recycling. The successful transition to renewable materials requires vigorous development in the sustainable use of materials, the adoption of circular business models, value-creating recycling, and behavioural changes in consumption patterns, such as sharing economies and business models where, instead of ownership, we pay per use. Fossil materials should be replaced by biomaterials, resource exploitation must be reduced, and resource lifespans must be extended. This places new demands on existing and future production processes.
At RISE we have expertise, relevant testbeds, and innovation networks covering a wide array of materials. We have extensive experience of manufacturing materials throughout the value chain. We primarily focus on circular transition for a more sustainable economy, material ecosystems for recycling and recovery, and future material production for new, green, sustainable and recyclable materials.