Sustainable product – services and their contribution to a circular economy: an opinion
Arnold Tukker has over 20 years experience in sustainability research and policy making. He currently is Scientific Director and the Professor of Industrial Ecology at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) of Leiden University while retaining a 30% position as senior scientist at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO. He set up the Sustainable Consumption Research Exchanges (SCORE!), a network of a few hundred researchers under the EU’s 6th Framework Program, which developed knowledge for various international policy agenda’s such as the UN’s Ten Year Framework of Programs Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). Recently, with the main umbrella of European NGOs, the European Environmental Bureau, he wrote the ‘Blueprint for European SCP’ (www.eeb.org). He further leads various multi million projects for the EU on the construction of a global economic and environmental input output database (EXIOPOL, CREEA, DESIRE), was engaged in the UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, and supported UNEP’s Resource Panel in editing the report on environmental impacts of products and resources. He also managed the EU SusProNet (Sustainable Product Development) Network on Sustainable Product Services, leading to various scientific papers on sustainable product system development and a book (edited with Ursula Tischner) ‘New Business for Old Europe’, published with Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK, 2006.
Arnold is member of boards of various scientific journals, amongst others the Journal of Industrial Ecology. He wrote over 50 peer-reviewed papers, 6 books, and edited 7 special issues of scientific journals, next to over 200 technical publications and reports.