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    The Circular Economy: Restorative and Regenerative by Design

    Looking beyond the current take-make-dispose extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits.

    It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It is based on three principles:

    - Design out waste and pollution
    - Keep products and materials in use
    - Regenerate natural systems




    Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy

    There's a world of opportunity to rethink and redesign the way we make stuff. 'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy. It questions whether with creativity and innovation we can build a restorative economy.

    In a circular economy, economic activity builds and rebuilds overall system health. The concept recognises the importance of the economy needing to work effectively at all scales – for large and small businesses, for organisations and individuals, globally and locally.

    Transitioning to a circular economy does not only amount to adjustments aimed at reducing the negative impacts of the linear economy. Rather, it represents a systemic shift that builds long-term resilience, generates business and economic opportunities, and provides environmental and societal benefits.


    Technical and biological cycles

    The model distinguishes between technical and biological cycles. Consumption happens only in biological cycles, where food and biologically-based materials (such as cotton or wood) are designed to feed back into the system through processes like composting and anaerobic digestion.

    These cycles regenerate living systems, such as soil, which provide renewable resources for the economy. Technical cycles recover and restore products, components, and materials through strategies like reuse, repair, remanufacture or (in the last resort) recycling.


    Origins of the circular economy concept


    The notion of circularity has deep historical and philosophical origins. The idea of feedback, of cycles in real-world systems, is ancient and has echoes in various schools of philosophy.

    It enjoyed a revival in industrialised countries after World War II when the advent of computer-based studies of non-linear systems unambiguously revealed the complex, interrelated, and therefore unpredictable nature of the world we live in – more akin to a metabolism than a machine.

    With current advances, digital technology has the power to support the transition to a circular economy by radically increasing virtualisation, de-materialisation, transparency, and feedback-driven intelligence.


    Circular economy schools of thought


    The circular economy model synthesises several major schools of thought. They include:
    - the Functional Service economy (performance economy) of Walter Stahel
    - the Cradle to Cradle design philosophy of William McDonough and Michael Braungart
    - Biomimicry as articulated by Janine Benyus
    - the Industrial Ecology of Reid Lifset and Thomas Graedel
    - Natural Capitalism by Amory and Hunter Lovins and Paul Hawken
    - the Blue Economy Systems approach described by Gunter Pauli.

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    The problem is with "green energy" and circular economies is they don't work.
    Unless you want to live like a medieval peasant.
    There is no such thing as "renewable energy" you have to burn something to get something.
    Solar panels are very polluting just because of the materials required to make them in the first
    place. They also aren't efficient in the slightest.
    Environmentalists have this idea that star trek is real and power comes from fairy magic or something.

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    Solar generated energy is enjoying a lot of exaggerated efficiency hype these days. But negative factors such as peak energy periods, inclement weather, panel expense are something to consider.

    "Furthermore, IER recently commissioned a study to supplement EIA’s estimates with the levelized cost of electricity from existing resources. The study found that existing coal power plants generated electricity for only $39 per MWh—about one-fourth of the cost of new solar electricity. IER’s study also found—in a brand new addition to the LCOE literature—that new solar PV actually costs $153.7 per MWh after factoring in the “imposed costs” placed on natural gas resources that are forced to back down to accommodate the intermittent output of solar PV on the power grid.[1] Crucially, nearly all discussions of the cost of electricity leave out both the low cost of existing resources and the imposed costs created by intermittent resources.
    In the current market dynamic, with low-cost coal resources and very low natural gas prices, rooftop solar is only competitive because of large government subsidies, including the solar ITC and net metering policies. For instance, after Nevada reduced its net metering rates last December, rooftop solar companies—including SolarCity, Sunrun, and Vivint Solar—quickly exited the state. The rapid departure of these solar companies, from one of the states with the most sunshine, demonstrates that solar cannot survive without large subsidies."

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    Solar power doesn't work. People don't actually look into what it takes to actually make the things.
    There is no such thing as "renewable energy" you have to burn something to make energy.
    Star trek is not reality.

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    "Solar power doesn't work."
    Well I have to disagree with you 100%, it depends where you live.
    I used to live in California, in a high desert are. I did not pay any electric bills for 20 years. Each year I would get a refund of energy not used. I engineered and installed a 5Kwh ground tracking system. I could not afford paying high electric bills of $400 plus a month. The system cost me $35,000. I paid cash and I got my money back in 7 years.
    I'm now living in Oregon where solar is not efficient, I'm not even thinking about it. The electric bills are reasonable and affordable, rarely over $100 a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwab View Post
    "Solar power doesn't work."
    Well I have to disagree with you 100%, it depends where you live.
    I used to live in California, in a high desert are. I did not pay any electric bills for 20 years. Each year I would get a refund of energy not used. I engineered and installed a 5Kwh ground tracking system. I could not afford paying high electric bills of $400 plus a month. The system cost me $35,000. I paid cash and I got my money back in 7 years.
    I'm now living in Oregon where solar is not efficient, I'm not even thinking about it. The electric bills are reasonable and affordable, rarely over $100 a month.
    That is very resourceful of you. Too bad you couldn't have packed it all up and taken it with you to your present location.

    However, Duke Energy has installed three solar power grids in my State to 'supplement' our highly efficient coal, gas, and nuclear power stations that are only a threat to the warped, politically indoctrinated Cultural Marxist lunatics who despise traditional America.

    We're currently paying for the enormous expense of these trendy fields of sloped panels that are subject to the perils of hail storms, snow, ice, wind, short Winter days, and far too many heavily overcast days. So, essentially, if a power source can't be relied on to produce a steady, virtually uninterrupted power supply, it is impractical, and we should not be forced to pay for it.
    Aside from an ever increasing number of mortals who have willfully chosen to worship Satan and his minions, our battle has always been against the powers and principalities operating surreptitiously throughout this twisted world.

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    "So, essentially, if a power source can't be relied on to produce a steady, virtually uninterrupted power supply, it is impractical, and we should not be forced to pay for it."

    100% agreement........Once a government or some agency gets involved, watch out! Solar needs to stay in the hands of homeowners. Bureaucrats destroy just about everything

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Lee Hunter View Post
    That is very resourceful of you. Too bad you couldn't have packed it all up and taken it with you to your present location.

    However, Duke Energy has installed three solar power grids in my State to 'supplement' our highly efficient coal, gas, and nuclear power stations that are only a threat to the warped, politically indoctrinated Cultural Marxist lunatics who despise traditional America.

    We're currently paying for the enormous expense of these trendy fields of sloped panels that are subject to the perils of hail storms, snow, ice, wind, short Winter days, and far too many heavily overcast days. So, essentially, if a power source can't be relied on to produce a steady, virtually uninterrupted power supply, it is impractical, and we should not be forced to pay for it.
    The closest we have to clean energy is nuclear power. Coal is also clean especially with the scrubbers you have to use.
    I just wish we weren't working with a power grid from the 50's.
    I wish you could build a self sustaining economy and power grid like an ecosystem.

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