Your path to the Circular Economy

Decouple growth from resource consumption and use resilience as a competitive advantage!

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Circular Economy

Discover technical and biological cycles on your path towards a regenerative and resilient future!

Our linear economy that is characterized by a global "take-make-waste" mentality has led to various environmental problems. There is increasing pressure to use resources more efficiently, not only due to changing consumer demands or the risk of resource scarcity, but also due to regulations such as the CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive). Why the Circular Economy should be an integral part of your Sustainability Strategy:

Ecological pressure

  • Our economic system consumes ~175% of the planet's renewable biocapacity. (Overshootday, Global Network, 2023)
  • Globally, only 7.2% of resources are reused at the end of their lifecycle. (The Circularity Gap Report, 2023)
  • 6 out of 9 planetary boundaries have been exceeded.(Planetary Boundaries, Stockholm Resilience Center, 2023)

Economic pressure

  • Sustainability and Circular Economy is evolving from an enthusiasm factor to a hygiene factor among customers and value chain partners and has a direct impact on competitiveness.
  • Since 2020, assets under management by public equity funds with a Circular Economy investment focus have increased six-fold from USD 0.3 billion to > USD 2 billion. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Financing the Circular Economy: Capturing the opportunity (2020)
  • Make yourself less dependent on primary raw material shortages and increase the resilience of your supply chain by recycling critical resources!

Regulatory pressure 

  • Circular Economy is part of various regulatory provisions and recommendations such as: CSRD/ESRS, Eco Design Directive, EU Circular Economy Action Plan.

Let's shape the path to a circular future together!

Our Circular Economy competencies

Decoupling growth and resource consumption – Resilience as a competitive advantage!

The Circular Economy provides a widely accepted concept for this, with the goal of establishing a regenerative system in which the consumption of natural resources and energy as well as waste and emissions are minimized through four key approaches:

  • NARROW: Use fewer resources (materials and energy) by being resource efficient and increasing the use intensity of your products!
  • SLOW: Increase the longevity of your products and components.
  • CLOSE: Return resources to the cycle at the end of life and reuse products, components and materials!
  • REGENERATE: Regenerate natural ecosystems by using renewable and regenerative resources.

Consulting Services for Circular Economy

Implement concrete initiatives with speed!

Your challenges:

  • You want to identify circular potentials in an interdisciplinary and creative way
  • You lack the speed to drive and test ideas in everyday life
  • You want to sensitize and inspire your employees in the context of the Circular Economy

UNITY solution approach:

  • Generation and validation of circular ideas along your product lifecycle based on our proven ideation and prototyping methods
  • From a one-day ideation workshop or a multi-day boost camp format to a Sustainathon for >50 participants – our fast-track formats provide you with the right impulses for transformation
Anchor the Circular Economy in your strategy!

Your challenges:

  • You are unclear about where to focus your goals and looking for strategic guidance on how to implement the Circular Economy
  • You are lacking an organizational structure to effectively manage Circular Economy activities through clearly defined roles and responsibilities

UNITY solution approach:

  • Creation of a basic knowledge of the Circular Economy and based on this, derivation of goals that are appropriate for your company
  • Development of strategic guidelines in the form of measurable and reportable targets (KPIs and guidelines)
  • Collaborative development of an empowering governance structure
Design a circular business model!

Your challenges:

  • Would you like to modernize your service portfolio and expand it with sustainable solutions in line with the CSRD/EU taxonomy?
  • Are you struggling to implement and scale circular business model ideas?

Our solution approach:

  • Design circular business models in accordance with the CSRD/EU taxonomy, e.g. using a triple layer business model canvas (economic, ecological and social)
  • Prioritize and select relevant circular business model patterns (e.g. XaaS models) with subsequent development and piloting phase
Circular design principles as the credo of tomorrow!

Your challenges:

  • Do you want to have a positive impact on the environmental footprint of your products as early as the product development stage?
  • Are you facing the challenge of integrating circular development principles into your processes and systems?

Our solution approach:

  • Develop an integrated framework for circular principles in product development and systems engineering
  • Establish an efficient backbone for managing circular data in product development
  • Implement life cycle analyses to optimize the environmental impact of systems.
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Make your product life cycle circular!

Your challenges:

  • Do you want to make your products circular along their entire life cycle, but don't know how or where to start?
  • Would you like to uncover and utilize the circular potential of your products, especially in the post-use phases?

Our solution approach:

  • Identify circular potentials along the entire product life cycle together
  • Develop concepts for the implementation of identified areas of action together
  • Enable the implementation of these areas of action
Digitalization as an enabler for circularity!

Your challenges:

  • You feel that you are not taking full advantage of the potential of data and your existing system landscape
  • You want to make data-based decisions in the circular development, production and traceability of your products

UNITY solution approach:

  • Analysis of the existing PDM/PLM system landscape, uncovering potentials and creating uniform understanding of topics such as the digital product passport or the digital twin
  • Joint development of digital use cases along the product lifecycle and support during piloting
Culture eats strategy for breakfast!

Your challenges:

  • Would you like to sensitize, motivate and empower your employees in the context of the circular economy?
  • Do you have difficulties integrating the circular economy into your existing structures and processes?

Our solution approach:

  • Use our experience to build a consistent Target Operating Model including organizational structures, roles and processes!
  • Develop methods, tools and training materials with us to empower your organization!
  • Establish formats with us to promote a circular mindset!
The Circular Economy will not work on its own!

Your challenges:

  • You need support in contacting value creation partners 
  • You lack the right contacts to make strategic partnerships in the context of the Circular Economy

UNITY solution approach:

  • Joint development of a collaboration concept and piloting of initial partnerships, starting with co-sourcing and co-engineering and ending with cross-manufacturer traceability
  • Comprehensive insight into the possibilities of shared services

Enquire now: Your path to the Circular Economy

Ideation Workshop
Future Business
1-2 Day Workshop

UNITY Fast Track format to identify and prioritize focus topics within a selected context.

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Boostcamp
Future Business
4-5 Day Boostcamp

UNITY Fast Track format for initial prototype development and validation.

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Hackathon program
Future Business
2-3 Months

UNITY Fast Track format to concretize prototypes and develop an action plan to pilot prioritized prototypes.

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Project Stories Circular Economy

  • Sustainability Strategy & Governance
  • Green Customer
  • Corporate Sustainability @ Pfannenberg
  • Vision and Idea Development for the Energy Sector
  • Scenarios for the future of the marine business
  • Award-winning sustainability project
  • Implementation plan for the sustainability strategy

Circular Economy Insights

Contacs Circular Economy

Lars Holländer

Head of Sustainability & Circular Economy

Stuttgart, Germany
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Maximilian Straube

Senior Manager

Hamburg, Germany
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Lea Wendlandt

Senior Consultant

Hamburg, Germany
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Malte Rubel

Senior Consultant

Hamburg, Germany
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Dr. Michael Herbst

Partner, Head of Business Area

Cologne, Germany
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Katharina Pierschalik

Partner, Head of Business Area

Paderborn, Germany
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