Report: REBus project – Summary of learnings

This report summarises learnings developed from the EU LIFE+ funded REBus project. REBus delivered “resource efficient business models” with a range of companies and organisations in the UK, primarily in the Clothing and Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) sectors. Our focus was to actively test and pilot a range of business models.

The project successfully engaged and developed REBM business model concepts with 35 organisations, leading 19 of those organisations to trial the model (as of June 2017).

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WRAP’s new report to power business change  

REBus partner, WRAP, have recently published their new electricals report; ‘Switched on to value: Powering business change’. The report explores their latest research in to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment sector and the opportunities this presents for businesses. It also highlights the significant opportunities that exist for the sector in using resources more sustainably.

One of the reports key themes highlights the commercial and environmental benefits of embracing sustainable resource use in organisations.

The report also features examples from the REBus project including; Argos, Samsung, Premier Sustain and Oxfam.

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Report: Extrapolating resource efficient business models across Europe

In this study methodology has been developed to identify and quantify the potential economic and environmental impacts of greater adoption of REBMs in terms of GVA, job creation, raw material demand and greenhouse gas emissions. It derives metrics based on data from the REBus pilot companies, Eurostat and the UKMRIO database. The indicative scenarios quantified suggest an expansion in REBMs could offer the potential to create 1.2 million to 3 million jobs in Europe, reduce equilibrium unemployment by around 250,000 to 520,000, generate €115 billion to €325 billion in additional GVA, reduce raw material demand (excluding fossil fuels and energy carriers) by 70Mt to 185Mt, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80Mt CO2eq to 155Mt CO2eq.

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Report: Circular category office furniture

Together with REBus, PIANOo, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and TurnToo, the Office Furnishings department recently took the first step by implementing a study into the possibility of achieving a circular economy.

This report, ‘The path towards a circular category office furniture’, is the first step towards developing a vision, exploring opportunities and making recommendations for a circular economy. Besides exploring the influence and potential of circular business operations in the Office Furnishings department, the report also analyses the organisational environment, formulates aspirations and goals and identifies feasible options for implementation.

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ECAP Workwear Report

Rijkswaterstaat, as one of the partners in the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) has examined what it takes to make workwear circular, and what role the government can play in this process. The results of this study are described in the European Workwear Report. (click the read more link below)

European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) is a European project that promotes the recycling of textiles, reducing new raw materials, water, chemicals and energy. Within ECAP, Rijkswaterstaat is working with the British organization WRAP, the Danish Fashion Institute, the Dutch-British organization MADE-BY and the London Waste and Recycling Board.

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REBus monitoring and evaluation methodology

This document sets out the methodology for monitoring and evaluating the quantitative performance of the REBus project.

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Report: REBMs: The roadmap to resilience and prosperity

A major new report from the Aldersgate Group sets out a series of policy recommendations that could help deliver a more resource-efficient and resilient economy.

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Environmental indicator report 2014

Abstract: In this third edition of annual environmental indicator reports, the EEA sheds some light on Europe’s production-consumption systems, what drives them and how they impact the environment, both in Europe and beyond. It also examines options for making them more sustainable. While indicators and analyses supporting this perspective are not well established and sparse, the report shows that ways of moving away from current unsustainable systems, technologies and behaviour need to be found, and systems in which Europeans’ needs are met without using yet more resources or putting ever more pressures on the environment, including the climate, developed.

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Zipcar: Pay-as-you-live 2013

This report, ‘Pay-As-You-Live 2013: How the UK Sharing Economy Puts Money in Your Pocket’ investigates how much consumers can tangibly save through participation in the growing ‘pay-as-you-live’ economy, where hiring and sharing are seen as smart alternatives to the traditional ownership model.

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The value of consumer electronics for trade-in and re-sale

WRAP explored the market opportunities for trading used consumer electronics products, incentivising trade-in, repair and service provision.

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Find out more about alternative and innovative ways of doing business – resource efficient approaches that extract the maximum value from products by using them more intensively, extending their lifetime or enabling them to be re-used.

Economic impacts of resource efficient business models

WRAP analysed take-back for re-sale schemes, leasing and refurbishment and extended product lifetimes and found that TVs and clothing deliver the most significant returns. For TVs, the take-back for re-sale business model leads to an additional increase in GDP of over £750m in 2020. For clothing, the impact is even greater at over £1bn additional GDP in 2020.

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Switched on to Value

Research from WRAP on why extending appliance and consumer electronic product lifetimes and trading used products can benefit consumers, retailers, suppliers and the environment.

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Valuing our Clothes

This report from WRAP provides the first big picture look at the financial and environmental impacts of clothing.

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Innovative new business models could deliver payback in two years – WRAP Report

Evaluating the financial viability and resource implications for new business models in the clothing sector – looks at the commercial viability of a number of alternatives to make-buy-use-dispose business models. The research takes into account realistic estimates of the required investment, operating costs and sales value.  Out of those evaluated one was found to offer great commercial benefits including payback in just over two years.

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Growth opportunities of a circular economy

This report from the Aldersgate Group highlights seizing the growth opportunities of a circular economy. The transition to a circular economy presents opportunities for growth and competitive advantage in a resource constrained world.

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Resource Efficient Business Models: Consumer research

WRAP’s research shows that there is consumer interest in resource efficient business models which contribute to a circular economy by keeping products in circulation for longer.

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