Yes? It's okay - you're not alone.
Let us introduce you to the M2030 Community! A free, online space that facilitates collaboration across industries to solve common resource efficiency challenges –a chance for practitioners to crowdsource answers to their sustainability questions from their peers. You could call us a lean, green, SDG-busting team... Or not.
Over the last 12 months, the Community has expanded to host 1200 members from more than 700 companies, and is now supported by 100 partners - that's a whole lot of industry experience and in-depth knowledge in one place.
So, you know what the Community is – but what can it actually do?
At the heart of the M2030 Community lies our belief that the combined knowledge of Community members can generate practical solutions that companies would struggle to reach on their own - but don’t just take our word for it. Let’s take a look at the Community in action…
The power of the crowd
Earlier this year, one of our Community members asked whether any other companies had experienced the financial benefits of the circular economy.
Let's take a look at some of the great responses we've received so far...
Our partner Zero Waste Scotland posted a comment about this informative Ellen MacArthur Foundation report they’d recently come across…
WBCSD added their voice to the conversation by suggesting a couple of high-level resources which are extremely useful when constructing business cases for circular initiatives:
1. The 8 Business Cases for the Circular Economy, and
2. The New Big Circle.
A little digging into the resources flagged by Brendan led to some useful information, particularly about M2030 members AkzoNobel and Philips, which can help answer this question at a micro/company level.
In the 'New Big Circle' report, AkzoNobel sheds light on both their and Philips' use of circular principles:
You can add your voice to the conversation with M2030 members by joining the Community free of charge today!
Following on from Brendan's suggested resources from WBCSD, comments from Closed Loop Solutions' Peter Goodwin added further depth to the discussion:
Next up was M2030 partner Bioregional, who provided insight into plastics...
Jonny also provided insight into aluminium, using the example of Novelis' work with M2030 member Jaguar Land Rover, which has realised more than $1m in savings to-date and resulted in an 80% reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions compared to standard road transport.
Jonny also touched on a report on glass from the Glass Packaging Institute:
The opportunities provided by recycling for the reduction of not only energy and water use but also carbon dioxide emissions are also explored in a report produced by one of M2030's most recent partners, the US Department of Energy.
...and that’s only the beginning of the conversation.
Tapping into the knowledge base contained within the M2030 Community could help your company to overcome its sustainability challenges faster, saving you not only resources but also time and money.
So, add your voice; ask that question that’s been holding you back, and start making progress today!
Want to get involved and tell us about your experience of implementing the circular economy? Simply add your comment to this thread – we’d love to hear from you!
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