Collaboration for a circular economy: three new studies released

Publication Date: 

Monday, 12 June 2017 - 5:27pm


Miranda Schnitger

A group of leading organisations including Dell, Renault, Arup, Royal BAM, eBay, HP and more have shared their collaborative research in support of the wider circular economy transition.

Focus areas so far have ranged from the role of finance in the transition, to a study of reverse logistics needs, to exploring a collection of built environment case studies. Three recently completed projects have focused on empowering product repair, exploring recycled plastics across industries and built environment circular business models.

Scaling recycled plastics across industries was a collaboration between Dell, Lexmark, Philips, Renault, Schneider Electric, Suez Environment, TU Delft and Veolia. The initiative mapped material pathways and loops of some of the main engineering plastics used in products like cars and electronics and brought together a paper on plastic streams and material loops with reflections and insights for further work.

The Empowering Repair Co.Project, a collaboration between eBay, HP, and iFixit, had twofold aims. Firstly, to take stock of noncommercial repair activity that is currently taking place and identify barriers and recommendations for increasing these activities, the findings of which were shared. Secondly, to further populate a portal with product information to enable more efficient disassembly and recycling of IT products and data capture which the Co.Project collaborators will continue to build and develop.

Circular business models for the built environment was the focus of a Co.Project proposed by Royal BAM and Arup. The report reflects what impact the circular economy can have on the built environment and looks at how circular business models can provide added benefits throughout the built environment value chain. By highlighting the value proposition to stakeholders, the intention is more companies will see the benefit of contributing to a built environment based on a circular economy.

Find out more about the CE100 programme, including previously released insights, at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s website.

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