Digital technology as driver for circular economy

In the transition to circular production processes in the making industry, the use of digital technologies is crucial. Industry 4.0 therefore can be seen as an important technological driver for circular innovation. However, the introduction of digital technologies will not be able to accelerate a real transition, unless systemic shifts take place, such as the involvement of multiple stakeholders along the value chain, innovative enterprises with circular business models, a stimulating policy environment, access to finance, etc.

The main focus of the workshop therefore may not be on the development or use of digital technologies itself, but on the systemic changes needed to make the digital technologies applicable, such as enhanced cooperation throughout the value chain, better exchange of information, optimized processes for decision making and finance, tackling barriers related to ownership and liability, in order to be ready as industrial actors to become circular.

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