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Flemming Besenbacher WCEF2019: Business opportunities in a circular economy


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The World Circular Economy Forum presents the world’s best circular economy solutions and gathers together the most recognised experts and decision makers in the field. The event is organised by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. Read more:

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Flemming Besenbacher WCEF2019: Business opportunities in a circular economy

  1. 1. @besenbacher2012 @carlsbergfondet Professor Flemming Besenbacher Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation and Carlsberg Group World Circular Economy Forum, 4 June 2019 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
  2. 2. Partnerships Public sector Innovation Academia Business
  3. 3. CIRCULAR ECONOMY 27 specific recommendations in 2017
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  5. 5. DK STRATEGY FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY Businesses as the driving force for the transition • Promote circular business development in SMEs • Create public sector access for businesses with circular business models • Extend access to financing of circular business models Data and digitalisation in a circular economy • Support digital circular opportunities by commercial use of data and challenges Circular economy through design • Incorporate circular economy in product policies • Increase Danish participation in the European co-operation with circular standards 1.1 2 3
  6. 6. DK STRATEGY FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY New consumer patterns through circular economy • Encourage circular spending • Increased focus on overall economy in public spending A well-functioning market for waste and recyclable raw materials • Encourage uniform collection of household waste • Create equal opportunities for the market for waste and recyclable raw materials • Liberalisation of the handling of electronic waste • Means for the handling of regulatory barriers for circular economy Circular economy in building and biomass • Develop a voluntary sustainability class • Increased focus on selective demolition • Get more value out of biomass 4 5 6
  7. 7. THE NEW PLASTIC ECONOMY • Out of the 350,000 tons of plastic waste generated in Denmark yearly, only 50,000 tons are reused • Every kg of reused plastic as an alternative to new plastic produce puts less strain on the environment - the equivalent to 2.4 kg of CO2- emission • If we are to reuse the 300,000 tons of plastic waste, which today is being burnt or exported, Denmark would be able to achieve a financial return of as much as 1.6 billion DKK
  8. 8. PLASTIX Transforms fishing nets, fibres and rigid plastic waste fractions into high quality plastics raw materials Reducing • Landfilling • Marine pollution • CO2 emission with up to 95% • Loss of valuable resources
  9. 9. PLASTIX APPLICATION EXAMPLES Circular Lamp Design for disassembly and recyclability Ocean Collection by Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel and Mater Design
  10. 10. FÆRCH PLAST • All PET food packaging from the Netherlands - 7.8 m households • 75,000 t/year • PET can be reused infinitely by mechanical processing • 85% reuse of a generic PET tray • 50% CO2 reduction compared to virgin PET
  13. 13. 50-76%
  14. 14. 52,470 tonnes of glas, plastic and aluminium sent for recycling in 2018 CO2 saved by recycling a can: 95% plastic bottle: 81% glass bottle: 58% tonnes CO2 were saved by recycling 1.4 billion bottles and cans 143,950 9 of 10 bottles and cans are returned 9 of 10 bottles and cans are returned THE DANISH DEPOSIT SYSTEM
  15. 15. RECYCLING: PALPA IN FINLAND • Palpa is co-owned by the beverage industry (50%), including Sinebrychoff, and retailers (50%) • Yearly beverage package returns are 1.9 billion PET bottles, glass bottles and cans – equals 10 Eiffel towers or 87,000,000 kg • Share of Sinebrychoff packages is 35% • Return rate of beverage packages is 93%  Circular world champions
  16. 16. @besenbacher2012 @carlsbergfondet