to test and study Closed-Loop Strategies
In this post:
ResCoM – Resource Conserving Manufacturing,
Circular Economy Toolbox – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Each tool functions differently and offers different information.
#1 of 2 Circular Economy Online Tools
I believe ResCoM is the most user involved and detailed of these 2 CE Online Tools.
We show manufacturers the ways to capture value by closing-the-loop
ResCoM stands for Resource Conserving Manufacturing. Manufacturers can test ideas with ResCoM. They can work-out the challenges of disrupting their production systems, to consider closed-loop manufacturing and marketing.
Twelve organisations across industry, technology and research work on ResCoM, which is EU funded. It is an interactive working tool. ResCoM brings together software, descriptions and methods to one platform. It gives users the opportunity to test closed-loop product systems and their own decision-making.
Tested by OEMs
ResCoM includes examples of 4 industrial case studies that used the ResCoM Tool to conduct pilot programs. Their pilots demonstrate how the tool can be applied across various industries. Lessons learned by these 4 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – Bugaboo, Gorenje, Loewe, and Tedrive were used to develop the Tools to support the companies that will use ResCoM.
There are 11 tools. (You will find a short description of each here.) You can use your own data, to test such ideas as:
- Simulate economic and environmental issues
- Calculate environmental, regulatory and supply chain risks
- Compare potential Profitability and Environmental performance.
- Consider product components for remanufacturing
- Repair or replacement issues of Share-a-Space, a Product’s Multiple Lifecycle Management. Don’t buy a refrigerator, rent one.
#2 of 2 Circular Economy Online Tools – some changes here
The Circular Economy Toolbox – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation no longer exists….
However, the The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has turned to a organization in Chicago, IL, USA, PLANT CHICAGO: CLOSED LOOP, OPEN SOURCE that works with a Circular Economy Toolkit
Below is something else that may be of interest; a report commissioned by UPS (2015), with data that I believe many businesses may still consider “relevant”.
The 2016 UPS & GreenBiz Circular Economy Research Study presents the findings of an online survey conducted by GreenBiz Group in December 2015. An email link was sent to the panel’s 5,370 members inviting them to take part without names in the survey. For the purposes of this report, we analyzed the results from 423 respondents. Approximately 85 percent of these respondents are in the United States. The responding companies represent a broad and diverse corporate sustainability experience. There are those at the very beginning of focus on corporate sustainability and others that have years of involvement.
Another very interesting and detailed report, by the US Chamber of Commerce, with data from 2014: Trash to Treasure: Changing Waste Streams to Profit Streams. Some of it’s key findings:
- Waste is becoming more expensive. In the past 15 years, food costs have increased 66%, paper 16%, metals and minerals 90%.
- Many companies have already identified waste as an issue and are increasing their profits by changing production processes to reduce waste. They are also educating their workforce and engaging with consumers to recover or refurbish items.
For some industries, closing the loop is very logical:
See how soon you, too, can close-the-loop……….?
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>Path to Cradle to Cradle Certified™ #2 – the Homework
>Path Cradle to Cradle Certified™ – #3 The Cost
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