The EU has set ambitious sustainability goals – including a fully circular economy by 2050! Business leaders are looking to translate these ambitions into concrete actions. Yet transitioning towards circularity requires a mentality shift and thorough redesign of supply chains and operations.
Compared to classic linear chains, circular chains are more complex – they include many interdependencies and feedback loops. Indeed, additional material flows emerge as waste gets recycled, or as manufacturers take back used products for remanufacturing. Organizing such new material flows also calls for new logistics solutions, new information feedback, new financial flows, and new business models.
New program ESCF Circular
We are setting up a new research program – ESCF Circular – to study the transition to a circular business ecosystem. While many frontrunners are “born circular” (that is, they designed a circular business model from the very start), most businesses need to transition from a linear to circular business ecosystem step by step. This transition is a journey that requires a mentality shift and thorough redesign of supply chains and operations. To further explore the challenges, we organized a workshop on 15 March 2022. Watch ESCF members Chep, Shell, Van Happen Containers, and Philips on their circular challenges:
We are currently teaming up with businesses to build the research program and applying for funding. If you are interested in circular supply chains, this is a unique opportunity for you to join us.
Want to know more?
Four ESCF researchers are starting up this program:
Zümbül Atan: Associate Professor on multi-echelon supply chains subject to demand and supply uncertainties.
Sarah Gelper: Associate Professor of Marketing Analytics at TU/e.
Christina Imdahl: Assistant Professor of Machine Learning in Operations Management at TU/e.
Néomie Raassens: Associate Professor of Servitization and Innovation Outsourcing at TU/e.