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Circular economy

A commercial imperative

Companies are on the verge of a resource crisis that threatens their core business. That’s where our circular economy solution can help.

Soon companies – and not just their procurement teams – will bear the consequences of the risks related to resources availability: geological and geopolitical availability of raw materials; competition between industrial sectors and countries; lack of substitution alternatives and recycling potential; and social and environmental impact.

These risks are starting to materialize through sky-rocketing commodity prices, severe supply chain disruptions and pressure from customers, analysts and NGOs, putting companies’ core business is in jeopardy. The traditional linear model of “take-make-consume-waste” is looking increasingly untenable. There has to be another way.

Of executives polled “73% agree that a contribution to the circular economy is necessary to achieve long-term financial and competitive goals; only 53% attest to having a circular-economy strategy and only 41% of organizations have integrated circularity metrics into decisions.”

Source: CRI report Circular economy for a sustainable future

Bringing circular economy to life

Closing the loop – leveraging technology

Our Circular Economy offer helps you move strategically and operationally from a linear economy that can destroy value, to a circular economy that preserves value. We use the principles of a circular economy to create business, consumer and environmental value, by maximizing the use of resources, components and ‘final’ products throughout the value chain and product lifecycle and ensuring the reduction of the production of waste.

We believe that you can build in circular value across five entry points across the business and product lifetime:

  • Define a sourcing model that is most appropriate
  • Design circular products that minimize their resource footprint and enable revalorization processes
  • Develop product-as-a-service innovative business model to maximize product utilization
  • Extend product life with reverse operations working with existing supply chains
  • Revalorize waste by developing and scaling capabilities and infrastructure to give waste a new life.

We’re already engaging with clients to help them develop their CE roadmap in sectors such as energy, aeronautics, and automotive and are well positioned to help companies secure the future of their business and develop a resource and circular economy strategy at scale.

For example we are working with Heng Hiap Industries, a fully integrated plastic recycling company in Malaysia, to design an innovative business roadmap for a new mobile application, which rewards and simplifies the process of plastic waste recycling for consumers in their communities. Read about our involvement in a project to ‘Uberize’ plastic waste recycling in South East Asia.

Capgemini’s Circular Economy service draws on the skills from across the group, from strategy, technical engineering and data, supported by bespoke tools, frameworks, and value-chain solutions.

The result? Transitioning to circular will make your businesses more resilient, more sustainable and more socially responsible.

Read more on our Sustainability propositions in automotive and aerospace sectors, and Net Zero strategy, New Business Models and Data for Net Zero.

“Over 70% of a product’s lifecycle impact (economic and environmental) is determined during its design phase.”

Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation  

Client stories

Expert voices

In this video, Clément Chenut, Circular Economy Expert, Group Sustainability Accelerator, Capgemini Invent, highlights an ocean of opportunities for OEMs in the circular economy. So far, most sustainability efforts have focused on the upstream end of the value chain: the provisioning of raw materials and battery production. But Clément is excited about untapped potential between end of use and recycling for vehicles.

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Meet our experts

Clément Chenut

Circular Economy Services Leader
Part of Capgemini’s Sustainability Accelerator, set up to increase awareness of sustainability issues and develop practical solutions for clients, my focus is to promote and accelerate the adoption of circular economy business models. With Capgemini colleagues, we’ve developed a suite of CE services from strategy to digital/engineering solutions. These services guide clients from a linear economy that can destroy value, to a circular economy that preserves value – by minimizing the use of raw materials and resources, and reducing the production of waste. I’ve also led digital transformation programs, mainly in banking and transport, and was part of the Capgemini’s 5G Lab team, set up to help clients strategize, build and monetize the advantages of 5G.

Sylvie Cabral

Sustainability pre-sales architect, Capgemini Engineering
I lead an offer on sustainability to support clients in their transformation. I have more than 25 years’ experience in sustainability and has worked across product environmental and social impact analysis, sustainable supply chains, energy efficiency, and substance regulatory compliance. I have worked for several industrial sectors including aeronautics, naval, and rail.

Julia Müller

Head of Sustainability Unit (Germany)
Julia is a strategist with a passion for sustainability and purposeful business. As such, she believes that sustainable transformation, including implementing circular-economy principles, is a priority. As leader of the Sustainability unit in Germany, she uses her strategic and implementation experience to help clients achieve their sustainability and circularity objectives. Part of Julia’s role is to demonstrate to businesses the steps that will help them realize circularity in their enterprise, and highlight the specific innovations that can be leveraged, to achieve not only their sustainability goals but to also attain competitive advantage.