Circular Designs

By design or not, we now live in a world dominated by waste. The ‘take-make-waste’ economy defines many of our products, our environments and our way of life. But what if we imagine an economy in which today’s products are tomorrow’s resources? This opens up enormous opportunities for business and product design.

 

The circular economy is a new economic paradigm which eliminates waste and regenerates resources. However, circular design requires even more advanced skills, data, and costing, not readily available today. The recovery of things is enabled at design stage, not at end-of-life. Modeling and geo-mapping your entire value chain becomes essential.

 

Talk to us about enabling CE through data and circular business modeling.

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Water may be the new oil.

Businesses benefit from understanding their dependency on water and the risks they face related to water scarcity and pollution. The resource efficiency of production of products and water footprint benchmarks are part of corporate water strategy.

The returns on water-conservation efforts become more attractive when companies consider the full economic burden of waste, including disposal costs, water-pumping and -heating expenses, and the value of recoverable materials carried off by water.

Water footprints assess if water use is environmentally sustainable, resource efficient and equitably allocated in local communities. Companies are increasingly focusing on sustainable water management that embeds water footprints in lean production.

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Environment and Resources

According to McKinsey “The resource revolution will be digital”. This demands organizational agility and leaders who recognize the need to deal transparently with resources, to reinvent themselves for the digital age. Scrutinizing the entire supply chain with advanced data analytics, for example, or crafting digital strategies with energy, material, and water footprints in mind.

 

Digital and data have a deep cross-cutting impact, affecting how companies market, sell, organize, operate.

 

Indeed, without rethinking processes, energizing people, transforming the way they work, and building new management infrastructure, companies are unlikely to capture much of the value available to them through digital technologies and tools.
Our Product Intelligence tools and data allow you to easily and quickly identify dependencies between suppliers, sites, products and impacts and model alternative configurations.

Integration of sustainability data into Design Systems

Embed environmental considerations in technical product designs in the decisive early stages of product development. Use data to provide an overall evaluation of the environmental performance of the product design, as well as a detailed view on the performance of each component, part and material. Designers benefit when sustainability data is presented in familiar tools, such as CAD or PLM systems.

 

Environmental impacts are influenced by the material composition, sourcing, the location of manufacturing,  product use and end of life.

 

Unlike other one-dimensional data integrations, we supply integrated stewardship data, so not just environmental impacts but also regulations or cost considerations across supply networks.