De Lage Landen (DLL), a global provider of asset-based financial solutions, has launched its second white paper: “Complement new equipment sales with pre-owned assets”. The paper is aimed to address manufacturer concerns that the sales model for reused, remanufactured and refurbished products may conflict with the selling of new product
Paper packaging company Smurfit Kappa has outlined its circular economy activities in effective cycling of paper in a 2014 company report. The business model includes recycling paper as many times as possible, utilising pulp at the end of life and a reverse logistics partnership.
‘Rethinking Finance In A Circular Economy’ is a recently released report that analyses the opportunities for financial institutions in a transition to the circular economy. The report, written and produced by ING Group – a multinational banking and financial services corporation based in Amsterdam – discusses the emergence of circular
Ford has launched a pilot programme for a new car-sharing service in London. Go!drive is a pay-by-the-minute car hire service with no fee or charge and a pay as you go fee that includes congestion charges and fuel insurances. The costs to the user come in at less than 20
Two MIT Sloan MBA students, Ricky Ashenfelter and Emily Malina, have developed a new app that connects food that is about to be wasted with organisations and people that can use it. ‘Spoiler Alert’ is a free, downloadable app, where stores can post available surplus food (vegetables to start with),
For the first time, companies will be able to assess how successful they are in transitioning to a circular economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Granta Design announced the findings of the Circularity Indicators Project and the release of a web-based assessment tool that can be used by businesses to
The most common examples of the circular economy in practice are in sectors like consumer electronics – high value products and technologically focused. Indeed, many of the initial opportunities, or “lowest hanging fruit”, have been in developing business models around reuse, refurbishment and remanufacturing, and it is likely that the
“The circular economy is the new paradigm that business needs.” The message was delivered loud and clear by Gavin Warner, Unilever’s circular economy programme lead, and Pia Heidenmark Cook, IKEA’s head of sustainability, speaking at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Re-thinking Progress event.
As much as the abandonment of the European Commission Circular Economy package has been bemoaned online and in media outlets across Europe, it’s worth noting that much of the focus of that policy document was still upon increasing rates of recycling and setting hard recycling targets. While that is not