Business in Brief - 8/12/2020

PA Consulting launches new circular business model

PA Consulting has created a Circular Business Model Design Guide through a collaborative project with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Network.

The guide is designed to help business leaders identify circular opportunities and design models that can benefit society and the environment.

“The guide explores how to create, deliver and capture value in different forms, recognising that this is critical to creating investable and scalable circular business models” said Mark Lancelott, Sustainability and Business Design expert at PA Consulting.

The circular economy model provides a systemic approach to economic development and is based upon three key principles: to design out waste and pollution, to keep products and materials in use and to regenerate natural systems.

The circular economy is a key enabler of the shift to sustainable business practices, represented in the UN Sustainable Development Goals as SDG12: responsible production and consumption.
Circular business models are designed to assist all businesses, regardless of sector, size, region, or maturity. They can also help linear businesses explore and define how they can become more circular.

“We are excited by the opportunities the circular economy presents, and to bring together our capability and insight in both business design and transformation, as well as in product and technology development and manufacturing.” Lancelott added.

EMR declares urban mining the key to decarbonisation and UK economic boost

Roger Morton, Managing Director for Technology and Innovation at EMR Metal Recycling has proposed that the best way to boost the UK economy and help businesses reach their carbon reduction targets is through the ‘urban mine’.

Urban mining is a philosophy that sees recycled material not as waste but as a resource that can help keep valuable materials in the UK.

EMR ‘mines’ the metals and plastics the public recycles. These come from sources that would otherwise be disposed of as waste, such as end-of-life vehicles, redundant buildings, industrial, commercial and domestic waste and even ships and oil rigs.

This stops EMR from using virgin material taken out of the ground, which is more efficient and substantially less carbon intensive than traditional mining.

It promotes the moving away from resources like open-cast copper mines that dig up unnecessary copper sulphate. With The Copper Alliance warning that mineable metals are on the verge of running out over the course of the century. It has predicted that if copper continues to be used as it currently is, it will completely run out in 46 years.

Suppliers in the UK are hesitant to stop using virgin copper as it is easier for them to get all the material from one area. EMR has over 60 sites across the UK and operations in the USA, Germany and the Netherlands, that all collect material.

EMR is calling on the UK supply chain to commit to sourcing from urban mines, to allow recycling companies to expand and involve different kinds of materials into the mining process.

Wastewise signs five-year compost supply deal with Vital Earth Sales

Wastewise has entered into a five-year contract to supply over 40,000 tonnes per annum of compost to Vital Earth Sales, which produces a wide range of peat-free products in the UK, including soil improvers, growing media and topsoil.

Wastewise operates three composting facilities across the North of England, processing over 200,000 tonnes per annum of organic waste, including food and garden waste. The supply for Vital Earth Sales compost will be supplied from all three sites.

Bob Wilkes, Operations Director at Wastewise, commented: “At Wastewise we promote the use of sustainable waste treatment methods to help achieve zero waste to landfill. Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic waste, being an environmentally responsible and cost-effective method.

“We are delighted that this new contract with Vital Earth Sales represents a further step in ensuring that nothing we recycle goes to waste.”

Market testing has been running since summer 2019 and has involved extensive mixing trials to find the right product blends. The product, under the brand name SupaGrow, is available in large bulk bags and 20-litre sealed bags in builders’ merchants, garden centres and retail outlets.

Sam Robinson, Managing Director at Vital Earth Sales, said: “Although we are experts in producing topsoil and soil improvers, this agreement allows us to manufacture the best peat-free topsoil in the market. 

“Working with Wastewise provides the assurance that our compost supply chain will remain not only constant but of a consistently high standard for a number of years to come ensuring certainty of supply for our customers.”