Our global society is not sustainable. We all know about the challenges we're facing: waste, climate change, resource scarcity, loss of biodiversity. At the same time, we want to sustain our economies and offer opportunities for a growing world population. Today's linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and is a model that is reaching its physical limits. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses have already started exploring. A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design, and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. The concept distinguishes between technical and biological cycles. As envisioned by the originators, a circular economy is a continuous positive development cycle that preserves and enhances natural capital, optimises resource yields, and minimises system risks by managing finite stocks and renewable flows. It works effectively at every scale.

Course Programme


 Over a period of three days lectures will be presented on the following topics:

• Introduction and general considerations

• The principles of a circular economy. The circular economy provides multiple value creation mechanisms that are decoupled from the consumption of finite resources. In a true circular economy, consumption happens only in effective bio-cycles; elsewhere use replaces consumption. Resources are regenerated in the bio-cycle or recovered and restored in the technical cycle. In the bio-cycle, life processes regenerate disordered materials, despite or without human intervention. In the technical cycle, with sufficient energy available, human intervention recovers materials and recreates order, on any timescale considered. Maintaining or increasing capital has different characteristics in the two cycles. The circular economy rests on three principles, each addressing several of the resource and system challenges that industrial economies faces:

  • Principle 1: Preserve and enhance natural capital by controlling finite stocks and balancing renewable resource flows.
  • Principle 2: Optimise resource yields by circulating products, components, and materials at the highest utility at all times in both technical and biological cycles.
  • Principle 3: Foster system effectiveness by revealing and designing out negative externalities.

• Circular economy characteristics

• Design out waste

• Build resilience through diversity

• Work towards energy from renewable sources

• Think in systems

• Think in cascades

• Examples using spreadsheet analysis tools


The ‘hands-on’ sessions require the use of a Windows compatible laptop computer. It is advisable to bring one with you, if at all possible, preferably with Microsoft Office 2007 installed.


Course Schedule

Each day is subdivided into four sessions and will commence at 9.00 am and finish at 5.00 pm.  Lunch break is from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm.  Coffee will be served during the breaks.  Please note that the course will start at 9.15 am on the first day.

Course Materials

The course fee includes all working materials, lunch, coffee, tea and all computer facilities used, where applicable.  During the course software will be provided and therefore participants may wish to bring their own laptops. The Institute reserves the right to make changes to the programme that may prove necessary.


Course Presenter

Prof Giovanni Perillo graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, is Professor of Environmental Topics at University of Naples Parthenope and Adjunct Professor at Wessex Institute.

He has been involved in several worldwide international research projects and he is author of more than 100 scientific publications in wide fields of engineering.

Giovanni is currently a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference Low Carbon Earth Summit (China).

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Energy Engineering Science and Journal of Hydrology Science, from Publishing Group, New York, USA, of he which is also Auditor Scientific Officer.

Giovanni has also planned several waste water system and many high-technical engineering projects.

Since 1996 he has been a member of the National Geographic Society and since 1996 a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

He was chairman of the Italian National Environment Commission and received the Public Merit of the Italian Prime Minister, awarded in 2011. 


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The New Forest is one of the UK's most popular tourist destinations and offers many attractions all year round, including picturesque forest villages as well as beautiful scenery. It is located in Southern England, spreading over 150 square miles of Hampshire. The New Forest was established as a royal hunting ground by King William I, and by the 14th century the land was being used to produce timber for the ship building on the south coast. Today, after nearly 1000 years, the forest is still Crown property and is administered by the Forestry Commission. Since the reign of King William I commoners have been given the right to graze their livestock, normally ponies, cattle and pigs, on Forest land where they wander freely. In the New Forest the well-being of the animals and the special needs of the countryside are a priority. The Forest is unarguably recognised as one of the most unique and important wilderness areas in Western Europe and, because of this, it is now a National Park.

Venue and Accommodation

The course will take place at the Wessex Institute of Technology at Ashurst Lodge located in the New Forest, an outstanding National Park that borders the SouthCoast. An ideal venue for conferences, courses and seminars, Ashurst Lodge comprises a newly-built conference centre with an excellent standard of accommodation in surroundings which are equally appealing to those who enjoy walking, horse riding, cycling, sailing and fine landscapes.

For more information on how to find Ashurst Lodge and to arrange accommodation during the course please use the information provided on the Contact Us page.