Circular Economy

Circular Economy

(Course code: 413ΚΕΥ, Course outline)

Semester:  Η Teaching Credits:  4 ECTS: 5 Type: Optional Compulsory
Prerequisite Courses:
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Research Methods I
 Course type: Skills development Tutor:   D. Lekkas
Upon successful completion of the course students should have acquired the following:

  • Understand the principles of circular economy
  • Identify the differences between a linear and circular economy system and the dimensions of bioeconomy
  • Identify the main dimensions of a systems and describe flows of materials and energy
  • Implement LCA methodology
  • draw key conclusions and evaluate the implementation of circular economy practices in business and procedures
 Topics per week: The course introduces students to basic concepts and methodological tools needed for understanding circular economy. Weekly lectures and assignments cover the following topics:

  • The concept of a circular economy
    • Circular and Bio-economy concepts
    • EU Circular Economy strategy (Action plan and the new Green Deal)
    • SDGs
  • How a circular economy deviates from the current linear system
    • closed loop supply chains and logistics, new opportunities
    • industrial symbiosis
    • value creation and new business models in a circular economy
    • Lab activity on examples (best cases and how they could be implemented in local companies 
  • Material Flow Analysis
    • understanding the flow of materials and energy through the economy. It uses input/output methodologies, including both material and economic information.
    • MFA is based on the law of conservation of mass and is an accounting methodology of goods and substances through a system.
  • A systems’ thinking approach
    • Biomass production – Agriculture and forestry/ food
    • Plastics
    • Energy
    • Lab activity on different systems, collecting data and presenting the flows
  • Products
    • transition towards a circular design
    • bio-based products,
    • longer lasting products
    • Lab activity on products and packaging
  • Life Cycle Assessment
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:  –
Grading: Methods of evaluation:

  • laboratory work                     40%
  • essay/report (project)            30%
  • public presentation.                30%
Basic Textbook:
The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.
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