“I met the people from Circular Computing recently and I believe that what they are doing is an angle shift that, a few years down the line, will result in “a new normal”. The road to a true self-sustainable circular economy is a long one but progress is made by innovative individuals and companies taking steps that change the habits of the rest of us. Circular has identified what should be done and has acquired the skills to do it. I wish them nothing but great success, as we will all benefit.”
About Professor Walter R.Stahel
Prof. Walter R. Stahel has been founder-director of the Product-Life Institute (Switzerland), the oldest established consultancy in Europe devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies, since 1983. From 1986 to 2013, he was also director of risk management research of the Geneva Association. In 1971, he graduated from ETH Zurich with an MA in architecture. Walter is a full member of the Club of Rome.
In 2005, he was nominated Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, UK; in 2016 at l’Institut EDDEC (environmement, développement durable et économie circulaire), Montréal, Canada.
In 2013, Walter received a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Surrey; in 2016 another one from l’Université de Montréal.
Walter’s latest analysis of a Circular Industrial Economy has been on-line since early January 2016 and the majority of his publications are available for free
“This is the IT product I’ve been waiting 15 years to see. Circular Computing laptops are a genuine example of remanufacturing in a field of pretenders It ticks all the Circular Economy boxes: financial, environmental, social and supply chain with no compromise on quality, performance or the user experience. It sets the benchmark very high indeed for the others.”
About David Parker
Company: Centre for Reuse & Remanufacturing & Conseil Européen de Remanufacture
Oakdene Hollins, CRR, Eco Label,
CRR & CER are operated by Oakdene Hollins, a clean technology and resource management consultancy.
CRR is leading a consortium to develop the European remanufacturing industry. The €1.5 million project is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 and will engage those remanufacturing from across Europe.
Founded in 1994, Oakdene Hollins works with public and private sectors to embed sustainable practices which improve environmental impacts, business efficiency and profitability. Our strategic advice is backed by sound data analysis and a deep understanding of our clients’ needs.
“Organisations can save significant costs and demonstrate corporate social responsibility by looking at re-furbished computers over new replacements.
New work by MSc student Mauricio Alva Howes supervised by Prof Mark Jolly has provided evidence for a re-think.
Tests on the most typical uses of PCs in a work setting showed overall that the re-manufactured computers performed at between 93% and 97% of the level set by the new computer.”
About Professor Mark Jolly
Mark is making exceptional progress promoting and teaching new practises focused around the circular economy and is at the forefront of some exceptional research as a Professor of Sustainability Manufacturing at the renowned Cranfield University. With his industrial experience and research interest he has strong links with the metal manufacturing sector. In 2008 he won the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers (ICME) Oliver Stubbs Gold Medal for Knowledge Transfer in the Cast Metals Industry and in 2010 the University of Birmingham Josiah Mason Award for Business Advancement. He was awarded an ICME Diploma in 2013 for best paper in the IFTJ, “Energy saving in the foundry industry by using the CRIMSON single shot up-casting process”.
“It is clear that the ICT sector is entering a new phase - where resource efficiency, sustainability, technology, the environment and of course capital costs are all competing drivers within the mindsets of purchasers.
Today’s customers are unwilling to pay a premium for incremental improvements in hardware performance, and therefore high quality remanufactured products will open up new opportunities in the market.
I can see an exciting future ahead for Circular Computing’s remanufactured computers as they build the bridge between old and new thinking that enables a balance of performance, sustainability and cost.”
About Herbert Reiss
Herbert Reiss has more than 30 years of experience in international management positions, most recently, until the end of 2008, Head of a global business unit as Vice President & General Manager at Hewlett-Packard Co for the HP Renew program, HP’s remanufacturing and sales organisation.
Since 2009 he has been an independent company consultant in his company Change Leader as well as a lecturer at 2 international universities. His areas of expertise are leadership and leadership culture as well as change management. As a lecturer at the HFU Furtwangen-Schwenningen and at ESB Reutlingen, he teaches the topic of “Corporate Culture & Leadership” in international Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses.
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