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New article by Walter R. Stahel: Reuse is the best waste prevention strategy in the Circular Economy

A new EU research programme -- Critical Raw Materials Closed Loop Recovery -- is to invest in trials to demonstrate innovative new methods for the collection and reprocessing of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE), hopefully leading to increased recovery of critical raw materials.

A new 2015 EU report researched by a group of 12 European experts, chaired by Walter R. Stahel

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: increasingly specialised academic teaching today -- a sign of creative diversity, or lack of a systemic approach to the challenges facing society?

One of the obstacles in moving to a more sustainable society are the silo structures of academia, many businesses and public administrations.

Walter R. Stahel proclamé Docteur honoris causa à l'Université de Montréal

Université de Montréal
Attendu que la valeur et le mérite de
Walter R. Stahel
sont dignes d’être proclamés,
Nous, Recteur, par décisions du Conseil de l’Université
lui conférons le présent
Docteur honoris causa
En foi de quoi Nous signons ce document muni du grand sceau de l’Université ainsi que la signature du secrétaire général.
Fait à Montréal, le 3 mai 2016.
Signé Le secrétaire général Alexandre Chabot.      Le recteur Guy Breton.

Walter R. Stahel keynote speaker at the opening of the 2016 MIECF conference in Macau

On 31 March, Walter R. Stahel was the keynote speaker at the opening of the 2016 MIECF conference in Macau on ‘Green Economy – Opportunities for Waste Management’, with a presentation ‘The Green Economy and its environmental and social impacts and opportunities’. On 1st April, he chaired a Special Session on ‘Enhancing Waste Management through Internet plus’ and gave an introduction on ‘The Internet of Things – owner – user – value – liability issues’.

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Special issue: Recipe for a waste-free world

[4] Special issue: Recipe for a waste-free world

It is time to shift to a ‘resource-miser’ economy, writes Swiss
architect-engineer Walter Stahel in a Comment article in a special issue
of Nature this week devoted to the circular economy. “Quality is still
associated with newness not with caring; long-term use is still seen as
undesirable, not resourceful”, he writes.

Stahel coined the circular-economy concept, in which industrial outputs
become inputs, with goods that are at the end of their service life