Design circular supply chains, reducing resource usage and waste production
This course will introduce you to the concepts of linear and circular economies. You will understand how waste is being produced in supply chains and learn how to best treat it to reduce resource consumption and landfill disposal.
You will learn how to apply systems thinking to design products with a reusability and regeneration potential and how to adopt different processing technologies to optimise circularity in supply chains.
Lastly, you will learn how to re-evaluate existing supply chain processes and adopt circular economy principles to foster sustainable development.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1: The linear economy
- Linear economy principles (make, use, dispose)
- Waste management
- Waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, dispose of)
- Waste legislation
- Energy from waste
- Waste minimisation etc.
Week 2: The circular economy
- Circular economy principles (make, use, recover, regenerate)
- Systems thinking
- Resource efficiency
- Sharing economy
- On-demand economy
- Circular economy system diagram (reuse, repair, remanufacture, recycle, dispose)
- Circular product design
- Design guidelines etc.
Who is the course for?
This course will be of particular interest to those working or wishing to work in the manufacturing, logistics and recycling sectors and will provide them with the tools and the techniques needed to design lean supply chain and logistics systems.
Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.