The resource efficient economy

The ever-growing demand for resources of our society puts enormous pressure on our natural resources and environment. Our research focuses on understanding resource use, identifying technological opportunities to use resources more efficiently and understanding the underlying innovation challenges and businessmodels. We study the change of a “Take, Make, Dispose” industrial system to a circular economy. 


Selected Publications

E. Worrell and M.A. Reuter (Eds.). Handbook of Recycling – State-of-the-Art for Practitioners, Analysts and Scientists, Elsevier, Amsterdam (1st edition, 595 pp.), 2014.

D. Saygin, D.J.Gielen, M.Draeck, E.Worrell, M.K.Patel. Assessment of the technical and economic potentials of biomass use for the production of steam, chemicals and polymers.
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 40: 1153–1167 (2014).

E. Papargyropoulou, R. Lozano, J.K. Steinberger, N. Wright, Z. bin Ujang. The food waste hierarchy as a framework for the management of food surplus and food waste. Journal of Cleaner Production 76: 106-115 (2014).

M.L.C.M. Henckens,  P.P.J. Driessen, and E. Worrell. Metal scarcity and sustainability, analyzing the necessity to reduce the extraction of scarce metals. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 93: 1–8 (2014).

Li Shen, Evert Nieuwlaar, Ernst Worrell and Martin K. Patel. “Life Cycle Energy and GHG Emissions of PET Recycling: Change-oriented Effects.” Int. Journal of Life Cycle Analysis 16: 522-536 (2011).

Julian Allwood; Michael F. Ashby; Timothy G. Gutowski; Ernst Worrell. “Material Efficiency: a white paper” Resources, Conservation & Recycling 55: 362–381 (2011).

Papargyropoulou, E., Lozano, R., K. Steinberger, J., Wright, N., Ujang, Z.B. The food waste hierarchy as a framework for the management of food surplus and food waste (2014) Journal of Cleaner Production, 76, pp. 106-115