Sustainability

A circular business model for turnover growth and innovation

The construction industry has been taking the circular economy topic seriously for a few years now. A large number of construction firms are working on reducing use of raw materials, reusing or recycling used materials and minimizing construction and demolition waste.

They are also opting for a modified business model that fits in with the circular economy, including elements such as product-as-service, remanufacturing, refurbishing, asset sharing and alternative organic or secondary raw materials. How does your organization intend to contribute to closing the cycle?

Sustainability, cost reduction, turnover growth and innovation

Considerations contributing to the circular economy go beyond sustainability and reduced environmental impact. It is frequently the case that the underlying objectives are to drive down costs, boost turnover and innovate. In the construction sector too it is evident that the linear economy of take-make-waste is finite, and that there is a lot to gain from a vision of sustainability.

We are now seeing plenty of initiatives in which circular economy is playing a role. Consider in this regard the Green Deal Circular Buildings, the aim of which is to develop a building passport that serves as a record of a building’s circular characteristics. Another example is the platforms on which reused or sustainable materials are offered.

Chain cooperation as benefit

Chain cooperation is an important precondition to make the circular economy a success. As early on as a construction project’s development phase it is imperative to reflect on the consequences of such things as maintenance and management. Consultation between chain partners is essential in this regard: from manufacturers of construction materials, architects, engineering firms and clients to construction firms, demolition firms and recyclers.

How PwC can help you

We will be happy to help you brainstorm about making your business more sustainable. We will do so in the following ways (for example).

Looking into your options

We will chart the possibilities that a circular business model presents for you. We will do so by integrating circular principles into your strategy and analysing your current circularity. In addition, we will calculate your value leakage due to maintaining a linear business model and generate and assess your options in terms of ‘going circular’.

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Design circular business case

We will develop a circular business case with you. Aspects of this include financial modelling of circular options, a high-level design of your future circular organization and building your case for change.

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Blueprint circular organization

We will design the blueprint for your circular organization. This will be a detailed design of the various functions within your company in a circular business model. Furthermore, we will advise on leadership and provide guidance during your circular transformation.

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Implementation and evaluation

We will support during the roll-out and evaluation of your circular business model. This will entail such things as implementation within your various business units, an evaluation of benefits achieved and the go-live.

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Purchasing process

And we will provide support during integration of circular principles in your purchasing process.

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"We are now seeing plenty of initiatives in which circular economy is playing a role, like platforms on which reused or sustainable materials are offered."

Sander van Keulen, manager Consulting

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Jan-Willem van den Beukel

Senior manager, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)88 792 46 58

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