Designing Sustainable Businesses

(02.09.2021 | Concordia)
How do you create a sustainable product or service? What can circular design do to accelerate the transition to circular economy?

Join us at the "Designing Sustainable Businesses"-event 28.9 and find out!

”80% of environmental impact and 90% of manufacturing costs are the result of decisions taken at the product design stage” (European commission)

Design is the key to move from a linear system towards circular economy. Most lifecycle costs and environmental burdens are determined by decisions made in the product development phase. Through circular design you can develop better products for the user, for the environment and therefore also for you. Circular design principles combines design thinking, life cycle thinking and business model development.

A new, circular mind-set for business is emerging. Welcome to an eye opening seminar!

Register here!

Attending the event is free of charge.

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13.00 Welcome

13.10 Sustainability start with design,
Tapani Jokinen, Chief Designer, Tapani Jokinen Design & Principal Strategic and Circular Design Consultant, TJ Design, Fraunhofer IZM, Berlin and Taival Oy

Society and policies are increasingly expecting companies to act environmentally sustainable. Climate change, scarcity of resources and biodiversity loss are creating new economic risks. Design is the key to move from a linear system towards circular economy! Most lifecycle costs and environmental burdens are determined by decisions made in the product development phase. Through Circular Design you can develop better products for the user, for the environment and therefore also for you. Circular Design principles combines design thinking, life cycle thinking and business model development.

14.00 Speakers designed for a circular economy,
Martin Willers, co-founder Transparent

Martin Willers is CEO at the swedish company Transparent. Transparent´s products are designed for a circular economy. Apart from a long lasting quality and appearance, this means a modular design that can be repaired and upgraded over time with technology constantly evolving. This way, users can keep their product updated by their preference and change only a small part, instead of replacing the whole unit. Transparent products will get better with age and they promise to do what they can to remove electronic waste from the world.

14.30 Q&A

14.45 Coffee

15.15 Herrmans Bike Component’s race for carbon neutrality
Dan Liljeqvist, CEO, Herrmans Bike Components Ltd

Dan Liljeqvist is CEO at Herrmans Bike Components Ltd. Herrmans Bike Components designs and manufactures grips, lights, chain guards, reflectors and rim tapes for the bicycle industry. Bicycling offers various benefits for both individuals and the community, health, and the environment. But just being a part of the bicycle industry is not enough for Herrmans. We are committed to reducing our emissions in all our operations and become carbon neutral in 2035.

15.30 Competence Centre Novia Circular Design
Emma Westerlund, Head of Degree programmes and Educational Designer, Novia UAS

Starting in autumn 2022, the master’s programme Circular Design (60 ECTS) will be the first educational programme of its kind in Finland, based in Jakobstad. A group of students representing a broad field of professions will be offered the possibility to learn together, focusing on many different aspects of circular design and circular economy. The students will meet the challenges of circular design tutored by an impressive line of experts in the field. Novia University of Applied science is starting the journey towards building a Competence Centre in circular design, not only within education but also through Research, Innovation and Development and professional networks. Education and learning has an important role to play in the process of making circular design a natural component in all processes and all types of development.

 

When? 28.9, 13.00-16.00

Where? Campus Allegro, Jakobstad

For who? Everyone interested in product/service design, sustainability and circular economy.

Cost? Free of charge