Circular product design
Circular design strategies involve understanding the whole product lifecycle, and offering of lifecycle solutions. Circular design is targeting for extending product lifecycle, resource efficiency and closing the materials loops: including the design and manufacturing using raw materials that recycle, increasing manufacturing sustainability, additive manufacturing for decreasing waste, product modularity for dis and reassembly, digital product data and tracking for increased circularity. Our activities include acitivities and references:
Sustainable manufacturing – MANU
Visualization of Sustainability Key Performance Indicators (VS-KPI) project was part of FIMECC's MANU program during 2013–2015. The aim of the VS-KPI-subproject was to develop a process model for identifying and implementing relevant sustainability KPIs, and linking the measurement results to performance improvement and management. The special focus was on manufacturing and product design. The developed Sustainability Measurement Framework is based on Six Sigma and can be adapted to all product life-cycle phases.
Closing the loop for added value materials - CloseLoop
Project CloseLoop is an ambitious Circular Economy initiative that focuses on closing the loop of the high-added-value materials in the secondary circle of materials flow, in order to decrease the demand of primary raw materials and to support generation of carbon neutral societies. We focus on high-added-value materials that are often very complex hybrid materials and are essential in all the fields of modern society: ICT, energy, mobility, construction, health and welfare. By means of a very strong interaction plan involving all key Finnish stakeholders, we will increase understanding of the economical and societal sustainability and closing-the loop of the high-added-value materials; facilitate efforts to overcome the potential political, economic, environmental and technological barriers; and help to exploit our new technical solutions (link).
From data to wisdom – Approaches enabling circular economy CASE D2W
Novel business models that leverage the largely untapped potential of circular economy are gradually emerging in several industries including metals and engineering industry, chemical and biotechnical industry, and pulp and paper industry. These business models are disruptive by their nature as they change value creation and distribution logics of entire supply chains. While most existing academic research and development activities in firms have focused on the crucial role of material flows in developing new business models, the Data to Wisdom (D2W) project focuses on information flows in the circular economy. The goal is the systematic identification and creation of relevant data in radically new value constellations, and the conversion of this data into wisdom that is used to pilot and implement new circular business models. The developed approaches enabling circular economy will be tested together with partner companies.
TMOD – (more info coming)