Masterclasses - morning session

​Time: 09:00-12:00    ​

Where: Runan, Chalmers Conference Center

Note: Special registration for HSB Living Lab activities, see below
09:00-09:10    Welcome and introduction
Lars Nyborg, director, Production Area of Advance, opens the day, as organizer for the 2019 Chalmers Sustainability Day. The morning session will be moderated by Cecilia Berlin, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Materials Science.
09:10-09:40    Behaviors in a circular and resource efficient economy
Eva Ahlner, Senior Advisor, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
“Even as an engineer, I realize that we often lose ourselves in technical solutions in the development of eco-cycle societies. In my talk I will apply behavioral insights and tools in the design and implementation of policy instruments towards a circular economy.”
Eva Ahlner is working with policy strategies and instruments towards sustainable consumption and production patterns based on a life cycle thinking. She is a senior advisor at the Sustainable Development Department at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Eva is representing Sweden in the implementation of sub-goal 12.1 in Agenda 2030, an open UN global partnership- One Planet Network - for sustainable consumption of production. 
09:40-10:00    Urban Metabolism - a systems approach to support development of circular economy in cities
Leonardo Rosado, Associate professor at the Division of Water Environment Technology, Department of Architecture and civil engineering
On how Urban Metabolism can help society move towards Circular Economy and how it connects to societal activities and plans. Urban Metabolism has a large potential to be an holistic analytical tools that quantifies all the flows of resources in a city and because of that it allows cities to describe their city as a whole, to monitor progress towards circularity  and to identify the best options to be supported to get maximum gains.
10:00-10:20     Coffee/tea/fika
10:20-10:40    What circular economy measures fit what kind of products?
Anne-Marie Tillman, Professor at the Division of Environmental Systems Analysis, Department of Technology Management and Economics
In this lecture you will get guidelines on measures for resource efficiency (RE) for products with different characteristics.
The guidelines target product chain actors, producers and their designers, users and post use actors and are useful also to policy makers and business models developers. They are based on a lifecycle-based typology for RE measures, distinguishing what measures may be undertaken in different life cycle phases, extraction and production, use and post use.
Product characteristics is argued to be an appropriate basis for identification of RE strategies. For the use phase, it matters whether products are durable or consumable. Durable products are further divided into those using energy and/or auxiliary material during use and those that do not.
Characteristics of importance for consumable products are whether they are disposable or used in a dissipative manner. Post use measures depend primarily on material properties while measures in the production phase are largely independent of product characteristics.
10:40-11:00    Mass-less energy storage   
Leif Asp, Professor at the division of Material and Computational Mechanics, Department of Industrial and Materials Science   
Structural battery composites are a new type of material that offers electrical energy storage in a structural load path. Structural batteries use carbon fibres for combined reinforcement and electrode functionality. As such, the composite material offers energy storage at no weight penalty. Carbon fibres can be manufactured at low CO2 footprint using e.g. hydropower. Therefore, these materials are ideal for manufacture in Sweden. Furthermore, techniques are available for reuse of carbon fibres, with limited reduction in their mechanical properties.
11:00-11:10    Pause
11:10-11:30    Service-based value chains for increased circularity   
Árni Halldórsson, Professor in Supply Chain Management, Department of Technology Management and Economics
In our presentation on service-based value chains for increased circularity, in this session we will touch upon the following questions:
  • What role do service-based product offerings and servitization play for enhancing circularity? 
  • How can customers and end-users become co-creators of value for enhanced circularity? 
  • Why should end-users and customers change role and become suppliers of resources and materials into the circular supply chain?
11:30-11:50    The name of the game – Sustainability
Björn Johansson, Professor & Mélanie Despesisse, Assistant Professor at the division of Production Systems, Department of Industrial and Materials Science
Björn and Mélanie will take you along on a very inspirational and “live” game masterclass. It will include a participative audience and highlight the strengths and weaknesses in some of our most fundamental parts of sustainability.
11:50-12:00    Closing of morning session
Short summary and discussion of what we have learned in the morning. Thereafter an introduction of the afternoon and evening sessions. And…handover to next organizer of the Chalmers Sustainability Day.

Links to programme: Start page | Afternoon sessions

Published: Wed 09 Oct 2019. Modified: Thu 10 Oct 2019