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Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, KIT
Centre de Difusio Tecnologica de la Fusta i del Moble de Catalunya, CENFIM
Technological Centre of Wood and Furniture of Murcia Region, CETEM
The Remanufacturing Market Study prepared by the European Remanufacturing Network focuses on eight sectors where the implementation of Circular Economy may be relevant, on the other hand, the Ellen MacArthur foundation released in 2013 the report “Towards the Circular Economy” where eight sectors were also selected as having particularly high potential for adopting circular technologies. Among these, the furniture sector is the only traditional one included in both reports: Furniture pieces are normally purchased for replacement purposes, however the office and contract furniture subsectors work in a different way, since they are usually replaced due to aesthetic reasons and normally carried out on an entire basis. Which makes these sectors ideal for remanufacturing activities and thus take advantage of:
-Creating new products and reach new markets aiming at securing spare parts.
-Developing new business models focused on sharing, leasing, reuse, repair, refurbishment and recycling.
Producing 1/4 of the world´s furniture, the European furniture industry employs more than 900,000 workers in approximately 126,000 firms, and production amounted to more than €84 Billion in 2012. However, these figures are 13% lower than in 2007, while the Asian market increased its production to 230% during the same period. Under this context, the creation of new business models based on Circular Economy across the sector opens a wide range of new opportunities from an economic and social perspective.
This change requires skills and competences for enhanced performance, specially focusing on:
- -System Thinking.
- -Product design.
- -Sourcing and manufacturing.
- -Sales and customer value creation.
- -Product use and return chains.
These should be revised so they could address the key elements of Circular Economy:
- -Prioritize regenerative resources
- -Preserve what is already made
- -Use waste as a resource
- -Design for the future
- -Collaborate to create joint value
- -Rethink the business model
- -Incorporate Digital Technology
FURN360 comprises six organizations: VET providers, Business Associations, experts in Circular Economy, and Universities with the aim to develop a common curriculum and training content for implementing strategies able to ease the transition to a circular model within the addressed sectors, and therefore:
- -Strategies for design and re-design towards life cycle.
- -New services that industries can create (maintenance, spare components, etc).
- -New business models and opportunities that Circular Economy can bring to the sector: B2B (hotel and catering industry, private hospitals, clinics etc.), B2G (local, regional and national Government) or even C2C (sharing platforms).
This will address those competences required to be revised for a Circular Economy as well as the key elements previously indicated.
FURN360 encompasses the following activities:
- -Surveys, comparative analysis and evidence-gathering, studies of real life cases in order to provide a complete analysis of the current situation about how the concept of Circular Economy is being implemented within these sectors
- -Development of a joint curriculum, following the learning outcomes approach, according to the target groups needs having as a basis both the skills and competences required for closing the loop and the key principles of Circular Economy.
- -The development of didactic materials, tools and assessment methods.
- -The arrangement of five transnational meetings and five multiplier events.
- -Project management and implementation activities, quality and risk management and information, promotion and dissemination.
A complete free training course, a set of online modules that offers 80 hours of training to understand the shift needed in the furniture industry to engage in a circular economy, has been developed. You can register in the training platform: http://training.furn360.eu/
Moreover, other results are available in the project website, such as:
- - Analysis of the Situation and Evolution of the Circular Economy within the Furniture and Woodworking Industries: Current Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications needs.
- - A Joint Curriculum on Circular Economy for the habitat sector
- - A training and collaborative Platform.
- - Newsletter
- - News related with circular economy and FURN360 project
All results are freely available and broadly distributed.
FURN360 provide companies, workers, students and entrepreneurs willing to focus their careers in these sectors with innovative training tools aligned with the future needs and with the opportunities that the Circular Economy can bring within the furniture and woodworking sectors, and especially in those industries focuses on office and contract businesses.