Circular Economy & Resources
We cannot afford to use our global resources ad infinitum, as there is only a limited amount of specific materials available on our small planet and because not every economy has access to all resources. Therefore, fostering a cyclical economy in terms of the reuse of product parts or use of secondary material is essential. With respect to the resources issue, two to three major trends related to the environment will be on the agenda in the years to come:
- A circular economy package of the European Union in line with US-based initiatives such as Circular economy 100 of the Ellen McArthur Foundation
- Small plastic particulates in the food chain and environment together with issues like the great Pacific garbage patch
- Mitigation of food waste
The major trend related to economics is securing the supply chain and developing alternative solutions for the use of rare materials or of compounds with reduced accessibility, which leads to more attention to sustainable supply chains. Overall, one main question remains: Is your organisation sufficiently prepared to tackle circular economy issues specifically for those specific businesses you will develop in the future?
- A comprehensive perspective of all resource management issues from costs to availability and risks along the whole supply chain
- Long-term experience in organizing and optimizing packaging recovery systems, nationally organised as well as those conducted company-wide
- Cost reduction in production processes using material flow cost accounting
- Optimizing corporate waste management costs as well as optimizing regional waste management solutions
- How professional is our organisation in terms of a circular economy?
- For an international beverage company, investigations were conducted concerning data about recovery and recycling shares of beverage packaging in 44 countries globally on all continents. The figures analysed specific national solutions for materials like glass, aluminium, steel, plastics and other compounds.
- Commissioned by an international beverage company, research has been performed on the recovery and recycling rates of several packaging materials including glass, aluminium, steel or plastics in 35 European countries. This project includes the gathering, evaluation and description of relevant data and the development of an auditable process to standardize this data update in the future.
- For an Austrian packing recovery system, the contribution of packaging to waste prevention and increased resource efficiency was evaluated in detail.
- For an Austrian-based retail group, waste management costs were reduced by optimizing waste disposal costs, awareness-raising among staff and the reduction of residual waste and bio waste by improving on-site waste separation.
- Facts and criteria for sustainable plastic waste management have been summarized for Plastics Europe after anonymising more than twenty years of relevant denkstatt projects.
- For a wooden furniture company from Western Romania, we introduced the eco-design methodology approach during the development of a new product.
- We conducted a feasibility study on the possibilities for energy recovery of organic waste for Sofiyska Voda (VEOLIA Water). As a result we prepared a list of potential suppliers interested to provide the organic waste generated by client’s production and activities, also consulted on the potential difficulties for project implementation and on the further possibilities.
ARA Altstoff Recycling Austria Austrian Federal Ministry of the Environment
Plastics Europe SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels AG The Coca-Cola Company
Stefan Pichler – Service Lead, Austria
Timo Ernst – Service Lead, Germany
Csongor Bajnóczki – Service Lead, Hungary
Monika Budiakova – Service Lead, Slovakia