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REBus celebration of resource efficient business models Event, 21 November, London - Reuse, Resell and Remanufacturing Innovation

 

As part of the REBus EU Life+ funded project, a dedicated series of practical and interactive events were held in November 2016 which showcased lessons learnt and case studies from REBus pilot projects. 

 

By learning from the experience of REBus pilot projects and the wider Resource Efficient Business Models (REBMs) market, attendees were provided with a better understanding of how to develop and roll-out their own REBMs projects.

 

The event was opened by Dr Catherine Joce  – Manager Circular Economy, Knowledge Transfer Network.  Welcoming over 90 delegates at the event in London and watching live via the webcasting, the programme line up promised a day of keynote speakers and insight from well know organisations and innovate SMEs.   The REBus team have been working with industry to develop, pilot and champion resource efficient business models which have embraced the opportunities presented by the circular economy.

The sessions were kicked off by Steve Creed from WRAP, his presentation helped to set theme for the day on by providing a summary of ‘Business models and the circular economy’.  He talked about the ‘3 Rs’ of circular economy business models - re-invent, re-think, re-define.

 

Professor Walter Stahel – Founder-Director of the Product-Life Institute Geneva presented and discussed the pitfalls of having a linear economy giving the example of  “Sorry the lifestyle you ordered is no longer in stock".  He went on to discuss the extended lifetime of goods replacing the energy use with manpower and reintegrating the elderly into the workforce.

Session Overview: #SystemReset

11:30 GMT Behaviour change en masse: how to crack business model innovation in B2C markets

             Session highlights:

-       M&S on learnings @shwopping providing interesting value to customer and engaging early adopters

-       Customers want to live more sustainably but don't want to compromise on cost or quality" says @IKEAUK

-       @e_carclub reframed our core business model as mobility rather than automotive.

14:00 GMT Cooperative partnerships: developing new business models that deliver mutual value

Session highlights:

-    @Orangebox_Ltd & @PremierSustain  are changing the world one chair at a time

-   What warranty can be provided to support new business models asked @Philipslighting

-   @UniGreenScheme on creating a reuse market for specialist lab equipment

15:15 GMT Circular procurement: the role of procurement in stimulating demand for new business models

Session highlights:

-       Inspiring founder of @Globechain described enabling the transition to circular economy by innovation & technology

-       Circular procurement is stimulating demand for new business models @rebuslife Joan Prummel, RWS

16:45 GMT Taking a leap of faith: how to transition to a new business model without disrupting a good business.

Session highlights:

-       @rebuslife on financial aspects of resource efficient business models

-       @Forum4theFuture on transitioning to a new business model.

-       Benefits of re-use in manufacturing - passionate talk from @BekoUK

 

Meanwhile delegates were also mining the knowledge of REBus experts in 1:1 clinics on circular procurement and using systems thinking tools to explore circular economy opportunities in a particular business context.

 

Missed the sessions, you will be able to watch the recordings online - click here for more information or catch up on all the discussions on twitter by searching using the hashtag #SystemReset

 

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