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Margrethe Winther-Nielsen, DHI A/S
Margrethe Winther-Nielsen, DHI A/S

High Tea on Circular Economy in the life science sector – challenges and opportunities


Circular Economy (CE) has come to stay. This is obvious after the autumn High Tea event hosted by Biopeople in co-operation with DHI A/S on 21 October 2019. A great event with enthusiastic speakers and an attentive audience.

By Margrethe Winther-Nielsen, DHI A/S

CE is not just another buzzword. We have seen fulfilment of the EU CE action plan and changes in EU strategies and regulations. It was stressed by DHI A/S that elimination of very toxic substances from our materials and products is essential if we want to succeed and close the material circle.

Recycling disposable medical devices Life Science industries and manufacturers of chemicals work diligently to find solutions on the major challenges towards a circular economy. BASF A/S Nordic Baltic and Rigshospitalet Glostrup presented very illustrative examples at the meeting. Rigshospitalet Glostrup in cooperation with AMBU A/S and DTI explores among other things the possibility to reuse high-quality materials from disposable medical devices.

Circulation of chemical waste and byproducts
During the High Tea event, we also pointed to the promising perspectives emerging from reusing chemical waste or byproducts generated in the industrial process. Here we are talking about large tonnages of chemicals. A reuse of these chemicals would not only contribute to circularity of substances, but also to a reduction of the CO2 footprint. The Danish Business Agency (DBA) elaborated on the great business potential of CE and the challenges. Right now, DBA is analyzing CE and its influence on the climate challenge.

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