Hi, I’m Chris!
I am a circular economy (CE) expert and innovation strategist. You want to use the latest CE insights and best practice for your business? In expert talks and workshops I show the why, how, and what of CE thinking and doing. Let me introduce you to the principles, building blocks and business models of the CE.
A circular economy aims to be restorative by design. At the core, the objective is to move away from the “take, make, waste” linear system by designing, using and optimising product-service-systems and business models for multiple cycles of disassembly and reuse before conventional recycling.
01 / Longevity by Design
Through Maintenance and Modularity
Optimised utilisation of products and parts. Repair of damaged and upgrade of obsolete products. Sale and reuse of products by other users.
02 / Access over ownership
with performance-based models
Selling the service a product provides. Provision of a product or sale of a result. Product remains the property of the service provider or manufacturer.
03 / Remanufacturing and reuse
of products as a whole
Product take-back systems and reverse channels in order to refurbish and/or remanufacture products as a whole.
04 / Closed-loop recycling
for retaining resource values
Material recycling to preserve the value of contained energy and labour. Manufacture of secondary raw materials.
I helped corporations to build a circular innovation strategy, deepdive into circular best practice, kickstart innovation labs for circular product and service design, develop performance-based business models for mobile phones and cars, identify and pilot technical solutions to recover metals, phosphorus or water from waste streams.
Keynotes & Expert Talks
For many corporations and C-level executives circular economy thinking is still a blackbox. I regulary talk in public and corporate sessions about the A-Z of circular economy, innovative business and service models and state of the art technologies. Here, some keynote titles of my public appearances in the last two years.
Circular Economy: More than just Recycling
In late October this year, I did the keynote at the 4th Phosphorus Recycling Congress in Stuttgart. My input focused on the intensifying regulatory framework around recycling quotas and ecodesign.
Circular Value Creation in Product-Service-Systems
In June this year, I was invited by a professional network of corporate designers to discuss the impact of sustainability and circular value creation on design thinking. The meetup was hosted by Steelcase, Munich.
Service-Dominant Logic in Circular Economy Thinking
The Berlin Service Design Drinks is Germany’s biggest community around the topic. I spoke about the differences in goods-dominant and service-dominant logic and the important role of (service) designers in circular economy.
Intelligent Assets: Technology Enablers in Circular Economy
In early 2017, I had the chance to speak at Latvia’s biggest innovation and technology conference RIGA COMM. My keynote focussed on technology enablers for reverse logistics and material tracking and tracing.