Alberto Gomez Rodriguez
In the European Union alone, around 2.500 million pieces of waste are produced each year. For this reason, in 2018 new challenges were established regarding packaging, recycling and discharge. This will make the world more sustainable and we are choosing to move towards a circular economy model, that is, a method of production and consumption that involves sharing, renting, reusing, repairing, renewing and recycling existing materials or products.
To promote changes in the optimization of resources and the use of waste and develop lines of research and innovation in this model, the Rey Juan Carlos University and the Fuenlabrada City Council have created the Chair of Circular Economy. "This agreement will provide new ways for the use of municipal and industrial waste in the municipality of Fuenlabrada" comments Jovita Moreno, Coordinator of the Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering ESCET at the URJC and a fundamental piece in the creation of this Chair.
The agreement to create the Chair has been signed by both parties during the last week. In addition, in 15 days, the management body will meet to approve the activity plan for the first year of work, which will include a presentation ceremony for the Chair where the actions carried out by different groups, organizations and surrounding companies.
Moreno highlights the collaboration that “it is an important commitment made by two public institutions to support and promote the development of new processes based on the concept of circular economy. In addition, I consider that the creation of the chair occurs at a critical moment to contribute decisively to the promotion of the circular economy in our environment, being able to become a reference for other institutions, organizations or companies”.
Among other things, the Circular Economy Chair will serve the URJC to promote innovation and technology transfer, contribute to the SDGs with the development of a sustainable process, and to establish agreements with institutions and companies. Thanks to this collaboration, students and graduates in this field will benefit from joint activities with companies and industries.
The Chair will promote actions in three different areas: research, training and dissemination. “In the field of research and innovation, activities related to the circular economy will be carried out. On the other hand, in the field of training, the organization of specialized conferences and/or seminars will be encouraged. Finally, for dissemination, the dissemination to society of information and activities related to this world in different media will be promoted.”