The “Sino-European Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency” (SINCERE) kick-off meeting was held in School of Environmental Science & Engineering Building at SJTU, in October 14-16, 2015. Professor Geng Yong, the president of the School of Environmental Science & Engineering attended the meeting. The main participants were experts from the research institutions in China, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and Japan. The students who are interested in the related research areas also joined the meeting
The SINCERE project is a multi-disciplinary research initiative, which was undertaken by six leading institutions in five countries: the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) in China, University College London (UCL) ISR in the UK, MINES ParisTech in France, the University of Maastricht MERIT (UNU-MERIT) in the Netherlands, the University of Wupperta and the Fraunhofer Institute-ISI (FHI ISI) in Germany. Through international collaboration, this proposal aims to improve regional circular economy and increase resource efficiency through eco-innovation.
The meeting began from 9:00, in October 14. First of all, Professor Geng Yong gave a welcome speech, and shared an overview of his previous researches about green growth in China. Then, Professor Zhu Qinghua, who came from Antai College of Economics & Management in SJTU, presented the sustainable supply chain management in China. After that, Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (UCL ISR, UK), Professor Matthieu Glachant (MINES ParisTech, France), Professor René Kemp (UNU-MERIT, Netherlands), Professor Paul J.J. Welfens (University of Wupperta, Germany) and Professor Rainer Walz (FHI ISI, Germany) presented their institutions and research fields respectively.
After that, Dr. Alain Geldron, the expert of French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), introduced the background of ADEME and the development of circular economy in France. Then, Dr. Fujii Minoshi, who came from National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan, shared the green growth case through low carbon industry of Japan. Professor Tseng Ming-lang, the advisory of SINCERE from Lunghwa University of Science and Technology in Taiwan, presented his studies on supply chain management.
October 15, the meeting went to the next session: detailed Work Package discussions & research plan. The SINCERE project is divided into five topics: analytical frames of a circular economy, resources and sustainable growth; analyzing historical dynamics; indicators and metrics; institutions and policies for innovation; Macroeconomic Dynamics. The workshop discussions proposed many significant suggestions about group work and international cooperation in the next stage.
The experts visited Lingang industrial park in October 16, aiming to research the structure of low carbon development in the park. After learning about the case study, the experts put forward some new ideas about industry-academy cooperation and talent cultivation.
The three-day meeting gathered many international eminent experts and scholars, who focus on circular economy and resource efficiency. The heated discussion among those participants generated numerous ideas for future research fields, methodologies and policies on regional sustainable development. The meeting was a considerable success and had great influence on international academic cooperation, students’ cultivation and regional healthy development, especially for the circular economy in China.
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