Circular economy in the global value chains. Do European Union policies boost its implementation?


This event is part of IN4ACT Webinar Series for researchers, organized by ERA Chair project Industry 4.0 impact on management practices and economics (IN4ACT). Presenter: Dr. Manuel E. Morales, IN4ACT Researcher. Discussant: Dr. Eduard Nedelciu, ERASME Researcher.

🎞️ Recording of the webinar: Find it here!


📆 Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2022

⏰ Time: 1 pm.

📺 Location: ZOOM Link. Online, hosted on Zoom. Event access information will be provided all registered attendees 24 hours, and 1 hour, prior to the event start.



Dr. Manuel E. Morales

Manuel E. MoralesDr. Manuel E. Morales is Researcher at ERA Chair team, IN4ACT at the School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology and member of the Executive board at the ERASME Excellent Centre for Sustainability in France. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Université Clermont Auvergne and a Postdoc at the Industrial Bioeconomy Chair in NEOMA Business School. Holding a graduate degree (Master) in Sustainability education (FR) and other in Agribusiness studies (MX).

Dr. Eduard Nedelciu

Dr. Eduard Nedelciu is Researcher at ERASME – Jean Monnet Center of Excellence on Sustainable Development. He holds a PhD in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland and in Physical Geography from Stockholm University. His research is at the nexus between global food security, sustainable natural resource management and economic transition. He uses systems thinking and system dynamics modelling to evaluate the sustainability implicationsof the current socioeconomic system and to assess intervention scenarios into the future.


The webinar addresses the role of normative differences according to the production processes and materials origins in the circularity of global supply chains.

Eight priority areas in the industry have been identified where the circular economy is currently gaining momentum in the macro level implication within the political agendas: (1) Manufacturing industries, (2) Biomass & bio-based products, (3) Energy, (4) Food, (5) Construction and demolition, (6) Critical raw materials, (7)Water, (8) Chemical industries. 

The analysis of the CE strategy, reports that meso analysis is predominant in the studies on Manufacturing, Construction, Demolition and Water, while the macro approach predominates in the areas of Biomass, bio-products, food and energyCircular economy policy in the European Union CE concept is advancing from material-based to society-based; and to accomplish this transition society needs to invest on transparency, you can only improve what you can measure, and Digital transformation to put in trails the implementation of smart coding systems, data analytics in multi-dimensional strategic evaluation and blockchain technologies among others.

European Union Green Deal is a major driver for circular economy in the coming decade but its success depends on transformative, systemic action for socio-ecological well-being.


This event is part of a IN4ACT Webinar Series, organized by ERA Chair project “Industry 4.0 impact on management practices and economics” (IN4ACT). Find out more about upcoming webinars HERE.

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