Slowly but surely, society is becoming aware that there is no going back in terms of sustainability. After all, the consequences of our throw-away mentality end up again with us in the form of environmental pollution, climate change and resource scarcity. Companies are increasingly looking for ways to deal with these existential challenges. The magic word is circular economy – but what exactly is it and what tools do companies have to make the transition to such an economy? In the following, we present the model of a circular economy and go into a standard that supports the introduction of a circular system.
By 2030, the planet will be home to nearly 9 billion people. Resource scarcity, urbanization, pollution, rising energy costs and water insecurity are among the many challenges that will arise from this rapid population growth. In the face of these challenges, our “take-make-waste” industrial model has become unviable.
A new paradigm is emerging: the circular economy. The circular economy is an economic framework that focuses on carefully managing resources so that nothing is wasted. In other words, products and materials are kept in use—reused, remanufactured and recycled continuously— for as long as possible to achieve maximum value. This restorative and regenerative approach aims to create a closed-loop supply chain that “designs out” waste.
The advantage of such an economic system is obvious: the maximization of economic, natural and social capital. This is how environmental goals can be achieved and economic growth stimulated. So much for theory. The reality is of course a lot more complicated. However, there are standards that make it easier for companies to transition to a circular economy. One of those standards is ISCC PLUS.
The certification system enables producers to take full responsibility for the sustainability impact of their raw materials. Here you can learn more about the principles of ISCC PLUS and examples of use.
ISCC PLUS certification for the circular economy
The ISCC PLUS certification for the circular economy can be applied to all raw materials that can be recycled. The standard offers two options for these materials:
Materials are either physically segregated in production processes throughout the supply chain (“physical segregation”) or mixed in production but separated in bookkeeping (“mass balance approach”).
In this way, mixed plastic waste can find its direct way back into the supply chain. The mass balance method not only gives the material an economic value, it also reduces the risk of plastic waste being released into the environment in an uncontrolled manner. The ISCC PLUS certification guarantees that the material is actually recycled and the consumption of new raw material is reduced.
The certification is particularly interesting for manufacturers of biopolymer packaging, which are made, for example, from the biodegradable material PLA (polylactic acid), or for companies that process household waste, landfill gases or used car tires into valuable products.
Certification with ISCC PLUS helps companies to master existing and future sustainability requirements. Consumer wishes are met, sustainable corporate governance supports employee loyalty and future regulatory requirements can be prevented.
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