Today, the world is facing the challenge of rapid population growth, resulting in the ever-increasing demand for natural resources on top of accelerated environmental degradation including global warming, climate change, and excessive waste, especially plastic debris in the ocean. These issues require the involvement of all sectors to tackle these impediments.
SCG recognizes the importance of the circular economy, the key to achieving sustainable development goals that include economic, societal and environmental dimensions. We, therefore, strive to put the circular economy into practice in the business sector and spark the shift toward circular economy principles by raising public awareness and encouraging behavioral transition in manufacturing and consumption to regenerative practices through examples of the applied circular economy. We aim to promote the active participation of all sectors. The cooperation will be key to making the circular economy a reality.
The Linear Economy is based on the one-way processes of “Make-Use-Dispose” without recycling obligations. The linear economy model produces many negative impacts at a global scale in which prompts the world to change.
The Circular Economy is a regenerative economic system applied across the value chain to increase management efficiency of waste, raw materials, end-of-life products, and energy to circulate continuously in a proper closed loop system.
The Circular Economy is a new economic business model, offering a new way of looking at relationships between markets, customers and natural resources as well as harnessing the potential of emerging disruptive technologies to move from “Make-Use-Dispose” toward “Make-Use-Return.”
The goals and guidelines of the Circular Economy are to maximize the value of resources while minimizing the use of new resources by creating a series of circular approaches ranging from re-process, re-design, added value, innovation, collaboration with business and non-business related and reuse. The model is building better values and a more sustainable environment, community, society, and business.
1. Product Design
Design a more durable and longer-lasting product that facilitates material separation for recycling or reusing or product with fewer materials while maintaining the same functionality.
2. Resource Input
Utilize recycled and reused raw materials or opt for renewable resources in production and integrate renewable energy in manufacturing processes.
Maximize the resources utilization and leverage automation to increase precision in the manufacturing process at the same time diminishing production waste and lowering water and energy usage.
4. Sale and Distribution
Promote environmentally-friendly logistics, leasing services, and sharing platform to improve sales and distribution efficiency, as well as harnessing digital technologies for data collection to aid optimization in sales and distribution.
5. Product Use
With the more durable and disassemble product plus maintenance service, the product lifetime is extended for the longest possible time.
Properly process the end-of-life product with appropriate strategies to avoid landfill and keep end-of-life materials as long as possible in the production and consumption cycle by applying regenerative approaches, i.e., recycling and reusing and waste-to-energy process.