The shipping and maritime industry is in the early stages of understanding and applying circular economy principles throughout the lifecycle of ships. The industry is facing major decarbonisation and sustainability efforts, a larger global fleet and an urgent need for more reuse and recycling capacity (SSI, 2BHonest, 2021). These circumstances are the ‘perfect storm’ and thus a great opportunity for the maritime industry to start applying circular principles throughout the lifecycle of every ship, starting from design.
About this Design Challenge
This design challenge invites maritime industry professionals to integrate circular design and business models into their daily practices. As a collective effort, this innovation track contributes to increasing the resilience of the industry and encourages a more systems-driven shift towards more circular practices.
Participants who were initially inspired during a workshop session now have the opportunity to further develop their ideas and concepts through the online skills course ‘Circular Innovation Manager’. This track includes an interim event in March 2024, where the ideas and concepts will be pitched to a range of interested business partners. In this way, we may take another step towards practical, impactful circular solutions.
Does a circular economy hold the potential to redefine shipping, from a commoditised service to a value-adding facilitator of a more circular flow of products, materials and services?
Source: The Circular Shipping Initiative
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Meet our Partners
MCA aims to connect entrepreneurs developing sustainable and water-related businesses. The MCA community is broad and focuses on bringing together the different actors in the broad maritime sector at European level.
Switchrs is a strategic innovation agency that helps businesses and governments translate their sustainability ambitions into concrete actions and policies. They work with entrepreneurs to develop new business models and concepts that implement the circular economy at a strategic level.
The Inspiration Session served as an initial kick-off, inviting industry experts to envision a circular future for the maritime industry. Focusing on innovation and sustainability, this interactive workshop laid the groundwork for participants to explore the potential of circular business and design principles.
As well as a general introduction to the concept of circularity, inspiration for the shipping industry was drawn from other industrial sectors, such as modular and circular design in the building, automotive and aerospace industries.
Where to from here?
We believe that there is already an emerging or autonomous change in the maritime industry, indicating that professionals, international and local organisations and networks are already making numerous adjustments to their professional practices in response to ongoing sustainability challenges.
From our point we do not aim to set up a comprehensive policy programme for the entire maritime sector, with abstract long-term goals, monitored and planned change efforts. We therefore start from the idea of continuous and emergent change through a more modest repertoire of interventions or small wins.
As a first step, MCA, in collaboration with Switchrs and Circular Flanders, is offering an exclusive tailor-made course for 10 professionals to become Circular Innovation Managers in the maritime sector.
Become a Circular Innovation Manager
In this online course you will learn how to introduce and facilitate circular innovation. You will define your role as an innovation manager and develop a circular business case for your company or organisation. By doing so, you will put circular innovation at the heart of your professional work.
The course has 5 loops: 1) Understanding the circular economy; 2) Exploring opportunities; 3) Designing strategies; 4) Validating business models; and 5) Pitching your case.
Innovation is not a magic trick. It is a process of learning by doing!
APPLY HERE before 12 January 2024 to become a true expert who uses its full potential to develop new business opportunities for your company.