Circular economy

Circular economy? Positive for environment and profits

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Recycling and reuse: benefits for 4.5 billion dollars by 2030. The forecasts in the book “Waste to Wealth” by the giant Accenture.

According to the last research by the consulting giant Accenture, circular economy could generate 4.5 billion dollars by 2030. The study identifies circular business models that will help to free the growth from the consumption of resources, increasing competitiveness.

Accenture forecasts are contained in a new book, Waste to Wealth, which reveals how the current economic system will help to create a global mismatch between supply and demand of 8 billion tons of natural resources by 2030. A huge amount, equivalent to the total use of resources in North America in 2014.

Waste to Wealth highlights how, despite the increase in demand, the real price of raw materials dropped in the 40 years before the new millennium, resulting in different forms of waste: energy and materials used only once, life cycles in which products are discarded after a short time, hardly touched goods like cars, which remain parked for most of their existence.

In the last 15 years, however, the prices of raw materials have risen and have become more unpredictable, due to the uncertainty in the supply of many natural resources because of growing global population, consumption and urbanization.

“The traditional approach of linear economy (the throwaway) started to stifle the economic growth because of unpredictable raw materials prices and rising costs caused by the dependence on uncertain supplies and limited resources”, said Peter Lacy, co-author of the book. “By converting waste into wealth through new business models – continues Lacy – companies give a boost to their competitiveness by reducing the dependence on scarce resources and by creating innovative services that make profits increase”.

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