Additional Circularity Assessment Tools
Greencycle Questionnaire of Best CE Practices
Questionnaire publicly accessible: YES
The assessment was developed in the context of the Interreg Alpine Space GREENCYCLE initiative. It is a part of deliverable D.T1.2.2 Identification of CE best practices. The questionnaire is aimed at organizations that wish to evaluate their projects or strategies on the grounds of circularity. This evaluation is carried out on a yes / no basis, giving the organization the possibility of explanations.
It is not clear how the evaluation is carried out. Specifically, the applied indicators for circularity are not available. Further, no link to the questionnaire could be found online.
The Circularity Check was developed by Ecopreneur, a Brussels-based NGO working towards sustainable economic policies at the EU-level, and MVO Nederland, a movement of entrepreneurs for socially sustainable business. It is supported by WeSustain, a German company providing software solutions for responsible corporate management, inter alia for non-financial management and reporting since 2010 – measurement, improvement and communication of sustainability performance.
This check is predominantly aimed at SMEs, but has also been used by big companies, and could be helpful to procurement officers, subsidy scheme officers and investors. The organization under assessment must fulfill the following requirements: systemic, integrated, lifecycle approach, operational, adaptive, intuitive, link with sustainability.
The level assessed is the product level (for a product or service) in a lifecycle approach. Therefore, the test also requires specific quantitative data in kg, percent, etc. It encompasses approximately 60 questions.
The overall outcome is a percentage of circularity of the product. The results are presented on the basis of five indicators: 1) design and manufacturing; 2) delivery; 3) use; 4) recovery; 5) sustainability (see below). In the assessment, both energy and social aspects are included.
The assessment has been tested in two pilots on 11 SMEs and some large companies.
The Circulytics tool supports a company’s transition towards the circular economy, regardless of industry, complexity, and size. Going beyond assessing products and material flows, this company-level measuring tool reveals the extent to which a company has achieved circularity across its entire operations.
It does this by using the widest set of indicators currently available: enablers and outcomes. Enablers are strategy and planning, people and skills, operations, innovation, external engagement. Outcomes are products and materials, services, plant, property and equipment assets, water, energy, finance.
Circulytics measures a company’s entire circularity, not just products and material flows, it supports decision making and strategic development for circular economy adoption, demonstrates strengths and highlights the areas for improvement, provides optional transparency to investors and customers about a company’s circular economy adoption and delivers unprecedented clarity about circular economy performance, opening up new opportunities to generate brand value with key stakeholders.
The Circulytics indicators have been developed by the Foundation in collaboration with 13 Strategic Partners and member companies, and have been tested by over 30 companies during 2019.
This tool offers a quick company assessment in 5 minutes.
For design, manufacture and design, usage and recycling phases, the product design alone is considered and a ranking is placed according to an average of the results (low = 1, medium =2, high =3). For extensions to existing services (maintain/repair, reuse/redistribute, refurbish/remanufacture and products as a service) results are taken from each section and the opportunity (including financial viability and market growth potential) is considered against the current product design. Each line is taken in to account and an average taken for the results for the opportunity and feasibility. The results are then plotted on the 3x3 matrix below. If there is high business opportunity and the product design is well suited, it's rated as a potential 'high opportunity'.
The assessment tool considers results against best practice e.g. using 100% fully recycled materials is excellent for the Circular Economy, however it might be technologically unachievable. The assessment tool is unable to assess the difficulty for your business to further stretch the product or service performance. The tool also does not consider the tendencies of the customer. The Opportunity Assessment Tool offers a simple grading of opportunities. For more in-depth analysis, other tools from the toolkit should be used and feasibility studies conducted in the potential areas.
Circle Assessment is an online tool to help businesses understand the different operational and organisational aspects of the circular economy, following seven specific categories defined as key elements of the circular economy: design for the future, incorporate digital technology, collaborate to create joint value, prioritize regenerative resources, preserve and extend what's already made, use waste as a resource, rethink the business model.
The results of the tool score companies on their current circular thinking as well as educates companies on potential circular opportunities to explore further. Assessments can be completed for the entire organisation, completed across multiple business divisions, as well as completed over time to track progress.
Circular IQ is a decision-making software for the circular economy. It is a cloud based application that supports businesses in identifying Circular Economy performance criteria, collecting, comparing and analyzing the performance data of suppliers and their supply chains, up to the raw material manufacturers. Data is digitized, easy to access, reliable, encrypted and suited for third-party verification and reporting. The application facilitates collection, encryption, management and
monitoring of circular performance, of products, components and materials, throughout supply chains using primary supplier specific sustainability data.
The software application is licensed (SaaS). The customized version is a pay per use service.
Questionnaire publicly accessible: Yes, but registration needed
Language: All official EU languages
The self-assessment tool is aimed at SMEs. It seems as though the tool does not consist of a one-time questionnaire but makes use of a picture of a building where questions or general recommendations are allocated to objects. The user can answer a question to their use of the object in question. It is not required to answer all questions in one session. The user can log out and back in to continue the assessment. It is, therefore, a work in progress. To keep track of the progress, the already answered questions are marked purple (while remaining questions are red).
The result of the assessment is a report. The recommendations are categorized according to different resources (such as water, waste, etc.). The result of the assessment is the basis for suggestions of useful material in their database, but all other materials are available to the user. In addition, the database provides examples of good practices, support programs and contact to support organizations.
Readiness Assessment tool for the Circular
Economy of MATCHE
Questionnaire publicly accessible: Yes, but registration needed
The assessment is done through a pool of 30 questions aimed at employees from different hierarchy levels and corresponding to 30 success factors, based on a review of Circular Economy success stories, case studies and best practices. It takes approximately 15 minutes to cover. The eight assessed dimensions are: 1) organization; 2) strategy and business model innovation; 3) product and service innovation; 4) manufacturing and value chain; 5) technology and data; 6) use, support and maintenance; 7) take back and end-of-life strategies; 8) policy and market.
The assessment consists of a readiness score, a strength and gap analysis, bentchmarking data, and recommendations on how to get started.
Up until now, 39 manufacturing companies and 51 employees have contributed to the prototype test via real submissions.
Nadine Spiedels Toolkit
Questionnaire publicly accessible: Yes, but registration needed
"By smartly designing processes along the disposal process and mapping them in a cloud-based system, GlobalFlow is able to significantly increase effectiveness and efficiency for customers and reduce environmental impact. Global Flow focuses on waste management consulting as a result. They take over the development, set-up and also optimization of an efficient disposal concept for the waste generated in production. Special attention is given to the optimization of waste generation processes and proper disposal - and also analyzed the further utilization (recycling) of waste."
Methodology behind not known. Product as a service delivered to customers. Not known if any stage of assessment is free of charge. Processes of optimization of disposals is not described in details, nor parameters for planning further recycling of waste.
This is a set of tools developed in the scope of the Erasmus plus programme. It conists of eight KATCH_e learning modules, that are linked to each other but can also be used as standalone learning and teaching elements; Seven KATCH_e tools, that support the practical implementation of the knowledge are acquired with the modules. They are the main element for the implementation of the knowledge and building up skills in companies in the area of circular economy. the modules and tools have been developed according to a framework organized in four main areas:
1.Basics: Basic knowledge on circular economy that supports the understanding of the other materials;
2. Business: The business approach, required for the success of new, more circular and sustainable products or product-service;
3. Design: Product and product-service system design according to circularity and sustainability criteria; and
4. Assessment and communication: A support area with contents regarding assessment and communication in circular economy with a life cycle perspective.
One of the seven tools is also KATCHing Carbon tool is an easy-to-use Product Carbon Footprint calculation for products from the building and furniture sectors. It is intended to support students and industrial professionals to estimate the CO2 equivalents emissions associated with the life cycle of a typically linear product. The results can be used to select the most appropriate circular economy strategy using the KATCH-e tool "CE Analyst", but also as support in the design process, comparing alternatives or forecasting different technologies for linear scenarios. It comes in excell and a report is produced after company enters data required in relation to raw materials, manufacturing, distribution, installation, use and end of life product.
Di-Plast – Digital Circular Economy for the Plastics Industry
Questionnaire publicly accessible: Yes
Di Plast tools were developed for the closed loop supply chains in plastics industry in the scope of the Interreg North-West Europe programme. Use of tools start by getting an overview on company’s internal processes and information flows so that business processes can be optimized and make more out of your processes which include rPM or prepare company processes for rPM integration (Value Stream Management-VSM).
Tools consist of the:
1.1 Value stream management Tool; 1.2 Sensoring Tool; 1.3 Machine Data Acquisition Too; 1.4 Data Validation; 1.5 Process Analytics; 1.6 Forecasting Tool; 1.7 Matrix Tool
The VSM tool for example helps to analyse, display and later optimize cross-company product and information flows. It supports company in getting better knowledge about resource flows and localise bottlenecks either internally or within company’s overall supply-chain. The Matrix tool helps matching process and product requirements with material properties. Plastics users can find suitable recyclates for their applications here. The recycler, in turn, can offer its products (recyclates with specific material specification) or identify material specifications required by the market - and modify its recycling process to produce these materials.
The assessment was developed by Dr. Sonja Eser in the context of CIRCULAR4.0. It is part of deliverable D.T2.3.1 Proposal for the toolset addressed to Intermediaries and service providers.
The Check for Linear Risks and Circular Opportunities (Leitfaden zum Check auf lineare Risiken und zirkuläre Chancen) is a conversation guideline for an initial discussion with SMEs, especially targeted at manufacturing companies. It simultaneously includes a circularity and circular digital maturity assessment and consists of a guide on the check and an evaluation form.