Prof. Karel Van Acker is professor in Circular Economy at KU Leuven and chairman of the KU Leuven Sustainability Council. He also leads the policy research centre “Circular economy” for the Flemish government and is the former president and one of the founders of the Flemish Transition Network on Sustainable Materials Management. His research is on developing strategies to realize the circular economy and on sustainability assessments of material life cycles, including amongst others biobased and composite materials, recycling of rare earths and other critical materials, landfill mining and the valorization of residues. The connection between materials and a sustainable society is the leitmotiv in Karel’s activities.
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