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The Bradford 10+1 Conference: Michael Braungart, James Clark, Mae Wan Ho, Douwe Jan Joustra

Geschreven op 7-9-2010 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Agenda, Cradle to Cradle - Circulair, Duurzaam Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

10+1 Bradford ConferenceSome of the world’s most forward-thinking minds on sustainability have been invited to speak at a conference at Bradford University.

Record-breaking solo sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur’s charitable foundation has teamed up with the University to stage the international event after being impressed by the University’s ecoversity credentials.

The meeting of minds has been organised to explore the potential for expanding the use of imitating natural eco-systems in modern industry – creating so-called closed loop, sustainable systems. Explaining the concept, Dr Peter Hopkinson, the University’s director of education for sustainable development, said: “Imagine a rural community that kept cattle and grew crops that would use manure from the cows to fertilise the soil and catch water from the sky ready to use – that’s a closed loop system.

Dr Hopkinson will be speaking at the Bradford 10+1 conference which runs from November 29 to December 1. It is aimed at high-level businessmen and educationalists. Ten leading scientists will talk about aspects of the closed loop system in relation to achieving a sustainable economy.

Guest speakers at the conference include: Professor Michael Braungart of Process Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Suderburg, Germany, James Clark of the Green Chemistry Group, Janis Birkeland of Queensland University of Technology, Dr Mae Wan Ho of the Institute of Science in Society, Chris Allen of the USA Biomimicry Institute and Douwe Jan Joustra of the Ministry of Economics and Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment of the Netherlands Government. Sources: The Telegraph & Argus – Ellen MacArthur Foundation – University of Bradford

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  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    20 november 2010 om 11:58 | Permalink

    An inspiring visit to Holland by Ellen McArthur

    We visited a plant, Desso, which makes carpet, and learned about their ‘refinity’ machine which can literally break the carpet down to it’s constituent parts so that it can be remade into another. They are not there yet with the majority of their carpets as the backing is still bitumen based – but having developed a new one which is capable of being reformed into the next carpet they are aware of their flow of materials and realise the necessity of having clean materials to enter the cycle. They are not looking at ‘re-cycling’ which is so often ‘down-cycling’ but keeping their materials or ‘technical nutrients’ at the same quality.

    It was an inspiring place, and the focus was what on what can be done rather than what can’t. The staff there were positive and motivated, and Stef Kranendijk, their CEO was one of the most driven people I have met for some time. I asked Stef if, since he had discovered ‘cradle to cradle’ and thus setting out on this mission he was enjoying his work more. He was. In fact, the vibes I picked up told me he’d never been happier. Desso, like so many other Dutch companies are on a journey, and though the route to get to their destination is not yet known – they know exactly what that destination looks like! They want to see flows of materials, just as we have the water cycle. Old products becoming new products… made to be made again. It was clear from the breakfast we filmed with colleagues of Desso’s Sustainability Director Rudi Daelmans that collaboration was something which they were good at. Sharing ideas, and processes and in their own ways – all working towards a similar goal. One company, Mosa, worked with ceramics, and for them they knew that if they were to stay in business throughout he 21st century then they needed to think differently about their products and practices. They face much competition locally, and through cradle to cradle they are looking for their advantage. Holland is not full of raw materials, so perhaps this leads to even more emphasis on cycling the materials that they already had. There was a pride at Mosa, and as the company had been passed down through the generations since its inception 127 years ago their strategy moving forward was essential. Read more at Ellen McArthur Foundation

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    19 april 2011 om 09:37 | Permalink

    A Cradle to Cradle perspective by Michael Braungart The Bradford 10+1 Conference

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