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How can the Circular Economy create value for your business?

We can help you benefit from Circular Economy

The opportunity for business

Our current economic model is inefficient. Much of what we produce ends up in landfill. Only a fraction of the value we put into making things is recovered after use.

With a finite level of resources, volatile commodity prices, and a growing consumer middle class, business cannot keep doing business the same way.

Yet companies are thinking differently. They’re thinking circular and finding ways to create value. Which means that companies like Philips, Renault, British Sugar, and Brambles are able to compete in markets in new ways.

We believe the Circular Economy will be an increasingly disruptive force, and that businesses need to understand the opportunities and challenges it presents.

What is The Circular Economy Model

Today's economy is primarily linear, and follows a 'take, make, use, and dispose' model, relying on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy.

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 time. They do this by focusing the entire product value-chain on:

  • reusing, refurbishing and recycling
  • maximising inherent value in products and by-products
  • reducing material and energy costs
  • consuming services rather than purchasing assets.

The Benefits

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that the Circular Economy will create in excess of €1 trillion in value in Europe alone by 2025. By adopting circular principles you can:

  • generate additional value from your materials and assets
  • create more efficient operating models and reduce operating costs
  • develop long-term service-based relationships with end consumers and grow employee loyalty
  • create less waste in a world with finite resources.

CASE STORIES

  • Reinventing the tea bag

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    Read how we created a 100 per cent plastic-free, sustainable and home compostable tea sheet, reducing the estimated 6.5 million kilograms of tea bag plastic disposed of each year in the UK

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  • Building a new environmental watchdog

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    We’ve helped the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) design the Office of Environmental Protection (OEP) from scratch. It will take over from EU regulators from 2021. We worked with civil servants and outside stakeholders to...

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We can help you

  • Our time-bound and focused Circular Economy Assessment Toolkit can help identify what the opportunities are for your business.

    We can help you discover, prioritise and develop the opportunities. We can assess their feasibility and justify and develop the commercial case to seek funding. 

    We can then help you deliver the opportunities, drawing on our breadth and depth or our sector and service capabilities.

  • Assess market opportunities, design new customer value propositions, tilt from product to service orientation, and develop circular two-way processes and systems.

  • Design new customer experiences, add sensors to products for data collection, visualise and interpret 'big data', and develop new pricing and revenue models.

  • Identify and asses new technologies and IP, conduct product tear-down and lifecycle assessments, design new products and assess others for upgrade and disassembly, and redesign packaging.

  • Discover new production techniques and technologies, processes for product disassembly and remanufacturing, improvements in material throughput, cost and waste.

  • We also collaborate with partners and design supply chains. Moreover, our experts can help you establish effective partnerships across the supply chain and cross industry, renegotiate contracts, optimise reverse logistics and distribution, and digitise your supply chain.

  • Accelerate early stage technology development, make the investment case, rapidly deliver out of the ordinary transformation in an agile way, and engage leaders and staff to think circular.

PARTNERSHIPS AND MEMBERSHIPS

The CE100 is a group of leading global organisations seeking to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy, set up by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. We’re an active member along with companies including Unilever, Philips, Apple, Cisco, Google, Nike, eBay and Ikea.

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The UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9000 companies and 3000 non-business signatories globally. We’re a signatory to the Compact and a specialist technical advisor. We’re also a partner to UNGC Project Breakthrough.

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Contact us

To find out more about how we can help you with transformation, get in touch with one of our experts today.

David Rakowski

PA technology innovation expert

Mark Lancelott

PA business design & sustainability expert
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