The climate challenge is not only an energy problem. Material use has a significant impact on carbon emissions. Looking at global warming as both a material-related problem and, in extension, a problem caused by the linear economy, opens perspectives for a range of new solutions to combat climate change.
Research demonstrates that the transition to a circular economy and to a low-carbon economy are closely entwined challenges. Circular strategies such as circular design, reuse, repair and recycling lead to both savings in material consumption and in greenhouse gas emissions. This session presents some relevant research projects and explores the policy developments needed to have the traditional greenhouse gas accounting, based on territorial emissions, supplemented with additional approaches such as the carbon footprint of consumption or sustainable financing tools to integrate sustainable resource use into climate change policymaking.
Date and time:
Tuesday 26 February, 14:00 - 15:00
Flanders Meeting & Convention Center
Room: Okapi 2
- Wood as a sustainable resource to abate climate change (VITO)
- E-Circular Lab (Climate KIC)