Challenges & opportunities
Digital circular economy as a cornerstone of a sustainable society
Circular economy is a crucial contributor to sustainable development and the achievement of the climate goals. The transition in our consumption and production patterns that is needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, is enabled by digital technologies. The technologies to do that exist but they are insufficiently integrated into current business practices.
Digital transformation is driven by continuous technological innovation. This includes novel electronics in particular, which are at the interface of nano-electronics, flexible and printed electronics and smart systems. Novel electronics encompass the capability to integrate key digital technologies with cognitive functions, shifting from purely physical integration to functional integration.
Technology providers face a lot of innovation challenges to enable such a digital transformation. But it is also crucial for them to understand their precise role in the transition towards a circular economy. In addition, they need to understand and mitigate the environmental and societal risks related to the implementation of a digital circular economy.
Building bridges between the worlds of circularity and digitalisation
Digital circular economy connects the green and digital transitions, and provides the basis for a new industrial system. This can only be realised however if digital experts work closely with circular economy experts across the boundaries of their sectoral expertise. At the G-STIC conference, we therefore bring together international experts in circularity and digitalisation for an exchange of knowledge, expertise and vision.
During the Circular Economy thematic opening session and deep dives, we will explore the following topics:
- Digital technologies enabling new circular value chains;
- Circular product design using novel electronics;
- Sustainability of novel electronics;
- Vocabulary and indicators for digital circular economy;
- Digitalisation of the waste management sector;
- Using earth observation and imaging for materials management;
- Data management, security and governance of circular value chains.