Circular Action Guide

How to cut emissions and nature impacts from materials in your value chain

About this guide

This guide is for managers and employees in eg business development, product design and management, procurement, and sustainability roles. It offers practical steps for companies to analyse their value chain, product portfolio and business model in order to scale circular climate solutions and fully integrate circularity into their strategic business functions. 

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It provides a step-by-step guide for shifting from a linear to a circular value chain. Such a shift will involve the entire organisation, and companies will have to work in close collaboration with existing and new suppliers and customers to achieve this.

 

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Key performance indicators (KPIs) should be integrated in your business and transition plans in order to drive the business to transform towards a net zero and circular value chain.

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Actioning the 1.5 °C Business Playbook

The 1.5°C Business Playbook sets out a four-pillar climate strategy focusing on four pillars that need to be addressed in a company’s climate strategy to align with the 1.5 °C ambition.

The Circular Action Guide cuts across both pillars 2 and 3. Pillar 2 focuses on actions a company should take to reduce its value chain emissions, including through “integrating circularity at the heart of all innovation and development processes.” But this guide also develops further an action to be taken under  pillar 3, to “determine the business models, products and services for your sector that will be compatible with a net zero world.“

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Climate solutions

Find out more about our work on climate solutions, and the criteria we propose for qualifying what product or service is a climate solution.

 

Other guides under the 1.5°C Business Playbook

Under Pillar 2, reducing value chain emissions, the Supplier Action Guide takes a broader look at supply chain action. The Transportation Action Guide lays out how to reduce emissions from the transport of goods throughout the value chain. The Greening Cash Action Guide lays out actions for companies to reduce the indirect emissions from their financial supply chain.

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