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Title: Co-creating sociotechnical visions for a circular metal economy transition in the UK
Authors: Franconi, A
Ceschin, F
Godsell, J
Harrison, D
Mate, O-A
Konteh, T
Keywords: circular eetal economy;preferable visions;visions for 2050;co-design research;sociotechnical visions
Issue Date: 31-May-2023
Publisher: PLATE Consortium
Citation: Franconi, A. et al. (2023) 'Co-creating sociotechnical visions for a circular metal economy transition in the UK', Proceedings of the 5th PLATE Conference, Espoo, Finland, 31 May-2 June, pp. 1 - 9.
Abstract: The UK government's target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 has created an urgent need for decarbonization and the transition towards a circular metal economy (CME). The production of steel and aluminium, critical components of modern industry, contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and are the focus of this paper. This paper explores the barriers and enablers involved in moving towards a CME. Although recycling is an essential strategy for metal recovery, it may not suffice to achieve the UK government's net-zero objectives. The paper suggests twelve preferred visions for a CME, encompassing the entire metal value chain, co-created through collaboration with over one hundred industry and academic experts. These visions can serve as a foundation for co-design workshops for academics to investigate additional barriers and enablers within the metal sector. Within corporate management, these visions can be used to set targets and guide decision-making towards specific circular and sustainable goals. Finally, policymakers can use these visions to develop a roadmap or comprehend the implications and rebound effects of a CME transition for the UK.
Other Identifiers: ORCID iDs: Alessio Franconi; Fabrizio Ceschin; David Harrison
Appears in Collections:Brunel Design School Research Papers

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