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Circular economy

Further improvement of business operations remains a challenge, as does the pursuit of stable income, while contributing to a more sustainable world. Converting circular economy concepts into specific actions means taking the increasing complexity of modern business into account. This process is driven by modifying product designs, altering business models, establishing new partnerships, addressing new legal or contractual challenges, stimulating internal commitment, setting up strategic alliances, etc. Sirris helps you overcome these barriers, seize new opportunities, and gradually reduce the risks of developing a circular economy.

Lessons learned about economically feasible and sustainable waste and materials management

The AFVALorisatie project – aimed at reducing material consumption, improving valorisation of by-product flows and closing the material recycling loop of as many manufacturing companies as possible – was completed in December 2020. For the last two-and-a-half years, we have regularly shared information about and as part of this project. Our goal was to involve as many manufacturing companies as possible in the reduction of material consumption, improving valorisation of by-product flows and closing the material recycling loop. We have published a wide variety of tips and tricks, practical information and knowledge across a wide range of domains. 

Our network of companies, knowledge institutions, federations, management organisations, etc. has taught us that nearly all parties are acutely aware of the necessity of reducing the consumption of raw materials. On the other hand, many manufacturing companies are looking for simple, short-term activities that are both sensible and profitable. Not all companies are able to identify such activities. Most companies that succeed in finding concrete activities started with optimisation tasks. Some start with reducing waste, improving the sorting process, purchasing more selectively, etc. Companies always start where they see they can make a difference within a short period of time.

The 10 lessons we learned from the AFVALorisatie project can be found in our blog.

Taking these lessons as a starting point, we set up support initiatives to help companies move forward as efficiently as possible, focusing on concrete and attainable steps whereby they can make the most of other companies’ experience.

Visit our project page to read more about the results we have achieved!

Cesar Tool helps manufacturing companies see circular wood for circular trees

Today, the circular economy is everywhere. For manufacturing companies, it is tricky to find the most valuable opportunities for exploration among the available options. A new tool is helping these companies to make achievable, sensible and feasible decisions, aiming at short-term results. The tool makes knowledge, insights and proven methods widely available.

The queries, needs, expectations and aims of manufacturing companies –especially SMEs – are extremely diverse. The objective of the Cesar Tool is to enable these companies to make sensible decisions that can be achieved in the short term.

Why use this tool?

When setting up and developing activities aimed at circular entrepreneurship within your company, many intrinsic issues and uncertainties arise. Many of these questions have already been asked, researched and even resolved by other companies. Because nobody wants to reinvent the wheel, we aim to use this tool to make the knowledge, insights and proven methods widely available. The tool provides answers and advice on solutions to a wide range of questions. 

The Cesar tool is intended for all organisations that have an impact on a physical product. Companies that want to explore the circular economy, as well as companies that have already taken many steps will, receive tips & tricks tailored to their needs.      

With the support of VLAIO (Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) via the AFVALorisatie project and in conjunction with Agoria and OVAM.

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New white paper helps companies start their journey towards a circular economy

The circular economy is one of the biggest game changers for the technological industry today. Every enterprise in the technology sector, regardless of its size or business, can benefit from a circular approach.

Despite pioneering companies having been applying these trump cards for some time, a large number of companies are still considering their answers to these questions. They see many opportunities, but do not always know where or how to start, or which opportunities would be the most advantageous.

The Circular economy: how to start white paper converts the circular economy concept into targeted action areas, and showcases successful corporate use cases. Ten action areas have been identified for technology companies based on the value chain perspective.
The document also sets out how Sirris and Agoria can provide support and complements the Cesar tool.

The white paper (in Dutch) can be downloaded free of charge.