Sustainability and Circular Economy in Learning Factories – Case Studies

Astrid Weyand*, Sebastian Thiede, Jeff Mangers, Peter Plapper, Atacan Ketenci, Matthias Wolf, Vasiliki Panagiotopoulou, Panagiotis Stavropoulos, Gesine Köppe, Thomas Gries, Matthias Weigold

*Corresponding author for this work

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Since the mitigation of climate change is one of the biggest challenges to face on a global scale, the topic has become more relevant also in industrial context. Learning factories have proven to be suitable environments to address and convey competencies to tackle industrial challenges in an interactive way. Hence, several learning factories are already dealing with sustainability topics in various use cases. This paper strives to present a state of the art of sustainability and circular economy in learning factories. Therefore, a classification framework is developed based on the state of the art of several learning factories and existing literature regarding the topic. This framework is then used to systematically describe the different activities regarding sustainability and circular economy that are currently ongoing in learning factories worldwide. This can be used to get an idea about the different aspects of the topic and how to address them, but furthermore also offers assistance to identify “blind spots” which could and should be addressed in learning factories in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Learning Factories (2022)
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2022
Event12th International Conference on Learning Factories: CLF 2022 - Hybrider Event, Singapore
Duration: 11 Apr 202213 Apr 2022


Conference12th International Conference on Learning Factories
Abbreviated titleCLF 2022
CityHybrider Event


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