Webinar: Circularity in the Clean Energy Transition
Sign up for free and join the webinar Circularity in the Clean Energy Transition on Monday, April 26th. The webinar is organized by IEA Experts' Group on R&D Priority-setting &…
Sign up for free and join the webinar Circularity in the Clean Energy Transition on Monday, April 26th. The webinar is organized by IEA Experts’ Group on R&D Priority-setting & Evaluation (EGRD) and hosted by Nordic Energy Research and Austrian Mission Innovation Week.
The webinar is focusing on the circularity of the clean energy transition from different angles: Challenges related to sourcing materials for renewable energy infrastructure, circularity in manufacturing processes and their durability and eventually disposal or reuse. These challenges will be exemplified by a closer look at wind turbines and batteries.
Circular economy and renewables
The circular economy has gained increasing prominence as a tool which presents solutions to global sustainable development challenges.
Renewable energy technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels and batteries are all key to combat climate change and contribute to the low-carbon energy future. However, they also rely on the production and use of composite and critical materials that have negative impacts on the environment and society during extraction and manufacturing. From a whole system perspective, it is important to optimise resource use of components and materials of renewable energy technologies. They should be designed for durability, reuse, and remanufacturing, rather than committing them to sub-optimal waste management and energy recovery pathways.
The webinar will result in a summary report identifying the challenges and opportunities of addressing the circular economy and will present perspectives for R&D planners and strategists. In addition, an executive summary will be presented to CERT.