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The Center for Circular Economy (CCE) bundles the expertise of all faculties of RWTH Aachen University on sustainable circular economy. Trans- and interdisciplinary methods are developed for the process optimisation of the three main areas of the CCE: sustainable product design during production, business models during product use and material recovery during product recycling. The development of these methods is carried out through the interdisciplinary cooperation of a wide range of institutes, some of which look at different stages of the life cycle or the same stages in different sectors. The different technical backgrounds of the institutes thereby enable the development of a comprehensive understanding of Circular Economy and thus abstraction from the individual application.
On the one hand, we understand Circular Economy to mean the highest possible conservation of value of goods by repurposing the application, refurbishing, repairing, rebuilding or reusing them partially after their primary use. On the other hand, it is important to develop products, goods and materials in a manner that the fullest possible recycling of raw materials into the production process is possible with minimal energy consumption and emissions. Only this holistic consideration of a wide variety of factors can lead to product cycles being closed and alternative life cycles being compared. Together with research, industry, politics and the population, the CCE is developing innovative solutions for the circular value creation of the future.
A overview of articles and presentations by the Center for Circular Economy can be found in this section.