In Hindsight

Creating value instead of throwing it away - Zirkel.Training

Station 7 | December 10, 2021

Occupational fields & economic perspectives

The last station of the Zirkel.Training focused on the economic and professional opportunities of the Circular Economy. Variedly conveyed by four invited experts from the field, the range of possibilities became tangible for the 33 listeners.

Sabine Büttner kicked things off by presenting some figures on projected economic potentials and labor requirements in the field of circular value creation in Europe.

Then the guests had their say, first presenting their companies or activities in the context of the Circular Economy in short talks. Once again, a wide variety of aspects and strategies of circular value creation were highlighted: from product design to the reprocessing of used electronics to the recycling of building materials.

On the panel were:

Tobias Jänecke, who as a self-employed designer supports companies in the development of circular products and, in addition to his self-employment, works as a research assistant with a focus on sustainable and future-proof product design at the FH Potsdam.

Dominique Pfeiffer, Senior Program Manager Sustainability for the Hospital Patient Monitoring business unit at Philips Health Care, focusing on Substance Compliance, EcoDesign and Circular Economy.

Christoph Teusch, Corporate Responsibility Manager at IT refurbisher AfB Social & Green IT, where he focuses on Circular Economy, Inclusion and Impact Measurement.

Julius Schäufele from Concular, who, in addition to his design studies, founded restado, the largest marketplace for reclaimed building materials in Europe, together with three fellow campaigners and won the DGNB Sustainability Award 2021 with Concular, a digital B2B platform for circular construction.

A lively discussion at the end

The presentations were followed by a discussion moderated by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Handmann, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Irrek and Sabine Büttner, which provided space for follow-up questions, which was used extensively by the interested audience. The discussion not only conveyed courage and a desire for commitment to Circular Value Creation, but was also a worthy conclusion to the Zirkel.Training series.