The National Zero Waste Council Circular Economy Working Group commissioned circular economy case studies relevant to demonstrate circular economy business models, as identified in the Accenture report, Circular Advantage.


Business Models

 

 

Circular Supplies: Provide renewable energy, bio based- or fully recyclable input material to replace single-lifecycle inputs

 

Resource Recovery: Recover useful resources/energy out of disposed products or by-products

 

Product Life Extension: Extend working lifecycle of products and components by repairing, upgrading and reselling

 

Sharing Platforms: Enable increased utilization rate of products by making possible shared use/access/ownership

 

Product as a Service*: Offer product access and retain ownership to internalise benefits of circular resource productivity

*Can be applied to product flows in any part of the value chain
Circular Advantage:Innovation in Business Models and Technologies

Source: Accenture, 2014, Circular Advantage: Innovative Business Models and Technologies to Create Value in a World without Limits to Growth

Case Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case Study Analysis

The case studies were analyzed for common themes to understand opportunities for innovating and scaling circular economy business models and a number of key themes were identified.

Key Themes