Katja Hansen | External Advisor | EPEA

Katja Hansen is a practitioner, executive trainer, mentor and author in product & process innovation and infrastructure development using the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Design framework that forms the basis for the Circular Economy. She has organized innovation projects with companies, NGOs, and international agencies since 1992, and continuing today.

Her extensive experience with EU innovation projects started in 1992 when she was appointed Scientific Director of a European Commission sponsored project for transferring water recycling and algae production technologies from China to Brazil. The systems today are used by more than ten thousand residents on the island nation of Haiti. The projects recycle nutrients for aquaculture and agricultural production while purifying wastewater to European discharge standards. The projects were the first to demonstrate the poverty alleviation element of Cradle to Cradle® methodologies. Her resulting co–‐authored publication “Guide to Wastewater Recycling in Tropical Climates” was the first publication to be published by the European Commission on water recycling in such regions. http://www.hamburger–‐

From 2009–‐2012, she managed the Cradle to Cradle Islands project for EPEA, an EU Interreg IVB project to develop innovative solutions in the field of energy, water and materials, using Cradle to Cradle® principles as a guide .

She is conceptual founder of the published Nutrient Certificate concept, also known as Material Passports, which is a key tool for materials banking. She co–‐developed a €10 million EU Horizon2020 R&D initiative on Buildings as Material Banks .

She co–‐created the Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC) announced at the 2014 World Economic Forum at Davos. The CCC is among the largest Cradle to Cradle and circular economy supplier communities, with combined revenues exceeding $30 billion http://we–‐–‐stories/carlsberg–‐circular–‐communit.html .

She works as a senior consultant with EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung, is the chief scientific advisor to the Cradle to Cradle e.V. and a research fellow at Technische Universität München as well as lecturer for the EMF/Bradford CE executive training course.

She is Director of the Healthy Printing Alliance, a network aiming to optimize print products so they can be recycled safely and returned to the environment as resources

She has a degree in environmental engineering and has specialised expertise in for example bio–‐based materials, wastewater re–‐use and soil quality in urban environments, as well as how to improve indoor environmental quality.

Presentation Title
Upcycling Packaging with Cradle to Cradle Design

Presentation Abstract
The speech will describe how the Cradle to Cradle Design Protocol transforms the design of products & packaging by focusing on positive impacts instead of minimizing negative impacts. Examples range from buildings that improve the productivity of occupants to the Carlsberg Circular Community of packaging suppliers and the Healthy Printing Alliance of buyers and suppliers. A systemic change toward circular value chains requires all actors in the supply network to work together to drive that change.


EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH


EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency) was founded in 1987 by Dr. Michael Braungart. As an internationally active scientific research and consultancy institute we work with actors and companies from economy, politics and science and support them in the introduction of circular processes. We combine chemistry, biology and environmental science with product optimization and product development. We look beyond borders – and begin there with our work.

Our headquarter is located in Hamburg in the historic building of the Patriotic Society. We have satellites and subsidiaries worldwide – among others in the Netherlands, Taiwan and Switzerland.


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