Circular cities I

SESSION D1 / 18 November 2020 / 14:45 - 16:00
Circular Cities I
Chair / Presidente: Kerstin Kuchta (DE)

As major engines for economic growth, cities can drive the circular economy agenda forward to unlock economic, environmental, and social benefits. Alongside Sustainable Development Goals and climate objectives, the transition to a circular economy will support city leaders as they deliver against their priorities, which include housing, mobility, and economic development. By 2050, two thirds of us will live in cities. However, our urban centers are grappling with the effects of our current take-make-waste economy. Under this ‘linear system’, cities consume over 75% of natural resources, produce over 50% of global waste, and emit between 60-80% of greenhouse gases. A circular economy provides the opportunity to rethink how we make and use the things we need, and allows us to explore new ways of ensuring long-term prosperity. The session on Circular Cities will focus on opportunities in three key urban systems - buildings, mobility, and products.

  • K. Kuchta (DE)
    Introductory presentation on circular cities

Block I: Sustainable plastics: Challenges and opportunities

  • A. Alassali (DE)
    Introduction: Towards high-quality sustainable plastics

  • C. Picuno (DE)
    Circularity of post-consumer plastic packaging in Germany

  • Z-K. Chong (DE)
    Challenges for the implementation and end-of-life management for bio-based plastics


Block II: Bio resource Technology at the TUHH – Recent projects and activities

  • I. Atamaniuk (DE)
    Introduction: Circularity aspects in the bio economy

  • L. Francke, S. Löhn (DE)
    Integration of circular microalgae bioeconomy into urban space through sustainable management of waste streams

  • A. Kosheleva (DE)
    Exploring possible scenarios for hydrogen-powered mobility within circular economy


Block III: Sustainable resource and waste management

  • J. Bromisch (DE)
    Integrating circularity in the built environment

  • M. Abis (DE)
    Innovative approaches for the circularity of MSWI residues

  • S. Diedler (DE)
    The concept of challenged-based learning in the context of circular cities

  • I. Sohoo (PK)
    Environmental sustainability assessment of waste disposal sites in Karachi, Pakistan