The Netherlands has the ambitious goal of achieving a fully circular economy by 2050. How will the built environment achieve this as the most resource-intensive and major CO2 emitter? What does this mean for installation technology? And what is the role of digital technologies in this transition?
In this article, written by ir. Sultan Çetin (TU Delft) and ir. Jill Vervoort (De Groene Grachten), we look at these questions by showing how digital innovations relate to the four basic principles of the circular economy: regenerate, narrow, slow down and close. We briefly explain what these principles mean. We then show, based on these circular economy principles, how digital technologies, from blockchain to artificial intelligence (AI), can be used in installation technology.