The term “circular economy” refers to an economy in which generated waste materials are recycled or converted into forms retaining as high value as possible, as opposed to a traditional linear economy where materials are simply put in landfills to decompose at what every rate, if at all. Recycling is part of a circular economy and is not simply reusing the waste products. Many waste products are contaminated – like plastics, some papers, diapers, medical waste, and other industrial waste – and are very difficult to recycle. Sometimes, these wastes can be converted into high-value products by mechanical/physical, thermochemical, or biochemical processes.
Consequently, a circular economy is likely to be based on effective waste conversion technologies – often thermochemical and biochemical processes. Examples of these would be waste-to-energy, waste-to-gas, and gas-to-Liquids technologies. These produce usable products. The use of appropriate waste conversion technologies, sometimes combined with reliable scrubbing or cleaning systems, are a path to a working circular economy. In a true circular economy, the waste is likely to be transformed to various forms of clean energy products like electricity, hydrogen, liquid synthetic fuels, “green” chemicals, and food-based products.
A Circular Economy Expert or consultant will likely have a chemical background and/or engineering background and a working knowledge and experience in a variety of waste conversion technologies. These experts can provide expert advice in things like waste reduction, sustainable product regeneration, and climate change mitigation.
At Lee Enterprises Consulting, we have a number of highly qualified experts available to assist you with any bioeconomy related matters. We are the world’s premier bioeconomy consulting group, with over 100 highly qualified experts serving in all these areas. Take a look at our experts and the services we provide and you will see that we have just the right expert for any clean energy project. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information.