A Circular City is Performance-driven. New business models sell 'services' rather than products. Customers pay for 'access' and not 'ownership'. Digital technologies allow optimal utilization of urban assets and enable efficiency.
The Nutrient-aware City tracks flows of technical and biological nutrients through Urban systems. Material Passports record stocks of technical nutrients to enable future recovery and upcycling. Technology platforms provide assurance and trust about nutrient quality.
A perfectly Circular City produces no waste! The Nature-inspired City uses Biomimicry to engineer truly sustainable products that draw inspiration from natural ecosystems and completely design out waste and toxicity from Urban systems.
The Built Environment is a critical component of a Circular City. CC Asia explores how innovation can increase Utilization of buildings for mixed-uses; how technology can significantly lower energy and water wastage; how material passports can reimagine buildings as precious material banks; how 'performance' or 'services' can replace product-based transactions; how new materials can reduce climate impact of construction and how new design approaches and digital technology can reduce the cost of going green.
CC Asia fosters innovation that makes Urban energy systems circular. This could mean making our energy supply more distributed and localized, making our distribution grids smarter and deploying technology that optimizes consumption and reduces energy wastage.
Circular Energy Systems also need business model and technological innovation that enables development of self-sufficient urban microgrids, peer-to-peer energy trading models and energy storage concepts.
Ensuring access to clean water and managing waste generated by human activities are perhaps the most pressing urban challenges of our time.
A Circular City recovers as much possible water from liquid waste and rain water streams. Smart technologies reduce wastage in water distribution and consumption.
Digital technologies and distributed waste management infrastructure allows for recovery of technical nutrients from solid waste and of biological nutrients from liquid waste streams.
Climate and water footprint of conventional agricultural methods, coupled with highly wasteful supply chains requires cities to develop circular food systems.
Sustainable Urban and Peri-Urban farming models need interdiscplinary innovation along the full continuum of agricultural techniques: Holistic ones based on the principles of Permaculture on one end; Controlled environments using IoT, AI, ML, AgTech on the other.
CC Asia's innovation interest is in mobility solutions that reduce (even completely design out) air pollution from urban spaces.
This includes solutions that promote 'walkability' of cities, take vehicles off the road, solve last-mile connectivity issues or offer electric vehicle fleets for specific use cases. It could also include related solutions such as smart parking or route optimization.
CC Asia helps accelerate innovation for circular products and solutions that are inspired by nature, use completely safe materials and are designed to be repaired, recovered , refurbished and upcycled.
Of particular interest are consumer sectors such as Fashion, Packaging Materials and other products that can be offered on a performance-based model.
CC Asia crafts meticulously researched innovation challenges using the hackathon format to advance our mission of making our cities more circular, less wasteful and more sustainable.
CC Asia aims to eventually evolve into a full-fledged innovation accelerator, helping our startups with expertise, mentoring, networks, access to markets and financing.
CC Asia works with like-minded corporate clients who share our vision of a Circular Urban Future. In collaboration with our clients, we design strategic challenges that fit both the client's innovation needs as well as our vision of a Circular City.
We also work with Corporates, Industrial houses, Venture Capital Funds and Incubators/Accelerators to place curated innovation from our open challenges to facilitate their transition to the next level.
The complexity of the urban stakeholder landscape, the interdisciplinary nature of circular innovation and the wide-ranging domains and subject areas such innovation cuts across, makes it important to develop a strong ecosystem of experts, mentors and influencers who can collectively help push the narrative of Circular Cities.
CC Asia's goal is to stand on the 'shoulders of giants' from various domains and leverage on their expertise and experience to build the strongest ecosystem for the transformation of our cities into smart, sustainable and liveable urban spaces!
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