Circular Economy

Bringing together policymakers, manufacturers, and consumers and assessing all sectors and interconnectivities to develop a life cycle approach to the circular economy and moving to a zero waste future (materials and energy)

Bringing together policymakers, manufacturers, and consumers and assessing all sectors and interconnectivities to develop a life cycle approach to the circular economy and moving to a zero waste future (materials and energy)

Over 90% of the global economy continues to function with the unsustainable, linear “take-make-toss” process in relation to materials. Manufacturers rely on raw natural resources for processing and production, and the materials produced largely lack viability or end of use/life strategy. The circular economy looks to reduce waste in the life cycle of production and increase efficiency and effectiveness of recycling at the end of life for products.

Colorado School of Mines, the Payne Institute for Public Policy and our partners are working to address this issue and generate important research on the circular economy. Colorado School of Mines has expertise at every point of production. From the initial identification and extraction of natural resources, to processing, manufacturing, distribution, and product end-of-life reclamation. Through collaboration on campus with our geophysics, mining engineering, advanced manufacturing, mechanical engineering and chemistry departments and others. As well as off campus collaboration with NREL and various industry partners, the Payne Institute is connecting its breath of technical expertise with the world of public policy to bring the issue of the circular economy to the forefront.

NEWS

Why even a pandemic couldn’t stop the renewable energy boom

Why even a pandemic couldn’t stop the renewable energy boom

Payne Institute Advisory Board member Nawal Al-Hosany writes an opinion article on how investor interest in clean energy is soaring, and the world needs to seize the moment.  Despite being generally accepted as one of the most difficult years on record for many industries, 2020 demonstrated the inherent resilience of renewable energy solutions.  January 11, 2021.

Colorado School of Mines launches Global Energy Future initiative 1/8/2021

Colorado School of Mines Launches Global Energy Future Initiative

In collaboration with the Payne Institute of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines today is announcing a new initiative aimed at bringing together some of the world’s foremost global thought leaders and decision makers in the energy sector to discover, collaborate and network around key aspects of our energy future.  The Mines Global Energy Future Initiative will produce annual programming focused on the role of oil and gas, renewable energy, carbon capture utilization and storage, supply chain transparency, emissions monitoring, circular economy and more – themes that all reflect Mines’ scientific and technical expertise across the energy system and demonstrates the university’s cradle-to-cradle approach to creating a sustainable global energy future.  January 8, 2021.

Accelerating the coal transition 12/25/2020

Accelerating the coal transition

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian, Fellow Brad Handler, Deb Chattopadhyay, and Chandrasekhar Govindarajalu write about how the cost of wind, solar, and most recently battery storage has fallen dramatically over the last decade, providing the economic rationale for their widespread adoption to help mitigate climate change. This, coupled with the low cost of natural gas, has provided a key challenge in the power sector: how to economically and equitably decommission ∼2000 GW of installed coal capacity? Although a significant part of the existing coal capacity is older, inefficient, and unprofitable, there are complex technical, social and economic challenges that remain.  December 25, 2020.  

Training Clinical And Public Health Leaders In Climate And Health 12/7/2020

Training Clinical And Public Health Leaders In Climate And Health

Payne Institute Fellow Dr. Jay Lemery, John Balbus, Cecilia Sorensen, Caitlin Rublee, Caleb Dresser, Satchit Balsari, and Emile Calvello Hynes write a commentary article on the effects of climate change that are accelerating and undermining human health and well-being in many different ways. There is no doubt that the health care sector will need to adapt, and although it has begun to develop more targeted strategies to address climate-related challenges, a broad knowledge gap persists. There is a critical need to develop and cultivate new knowledge and skill sets among health professionals, including those in public health, environmental science, policy, and communication roles. This article describes specific initiatives to train future leaders to be proficient in understanding the linkages between climate change and health.  December 7, 2020.

Biden to Release Net Zero goal of his own 12/7/2020

BIDEN TO RELEASE NET ZERO GOAL OF HIS OWN

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian is interviewed on this Gulf Intelligence ‘Two Minute Warning’ episode on issues of: just transitions, climate leadership under the Joe Biden administration, methane emissions monitoring, geopolitics, and more.  December 7, 2020.

Sustainable Energy Transitions: Socio-Ecological Dimensions of Decarbonization 12/3/2020

Sustainable Energy Transitions: Socio-Ecological Dimensions of Decarbonization

Payne Institute Fellow Dustin Mulvaney has published a new book titled Sustainable Energy Transitions: Socio-Ecological Dimensions of Decarbonization.  This textbook introduces the key concepts that underpin sustainable energy transitions. Starting with the basic biophysical principles, current sources and environmental consequences of existing energy resource use, the book takes readers through the key questions and topics needed to understand, prescribe, and advocate just and sustainable energy solutions.  December 3, 2020.

Local-content rules for renewables projects don’t always work 11/16/2020

Local-content rules for renewables projects don’t always work

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian, Victoria Cuming, and Thomas Kenyon write about some countries with large renewables markets have sought to create domestic supply chains and jobs by implementing local-content requirements. The focus is on three key renewables markets with local-content requirements – Brazil, India and South Africa – and analyze whether these rules have helped create local manufacturing capacity or benefited local companies.  November 16, 2020.

Carbon Offsets for Climate Conscience Canadians 11/13/2020

Carbon Offsets for Climate Conscience Canadians

Payne Institute Senior Research Associate Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon is featured on this news video discussing the voluntary upcharge at the pump for Canadians who would like to purchase carbon offsets while buying fuel for their vehicles.  Video of news feed starts at 12:43 into the news broadcast.  November 13, 2020.

Mr. President-elect, America needs a Civilian Climate Corps 11/10/2020

Mr. President-elect, America needs a Civilian Climate Corps

Payne Institute Fellow Drs. Jay Lemery and Lewis Goldfrank write this opinion piece as emergency physicians practicing on the frontlines of the pandemic, witnessing firsthand the consequences of a public health response in disarray as COVID-19 continues to flare throughout the country.  November 10, 2020.

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For more information about the Circular Economy Research Area at the Payne Institute for Public Policy, please contact our Strategy and Operations Manager, Gregory Clough, at gclough@mines.edu.