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Mastering the Circular Transition: A Five-Step Guide for Organizations

Mastering the Circular Transition: A Five-Step Guide for Organizations

In today’s world, where environmental sustainability is a pressing concern, businesses are increasingly looking towards circular practices to reduce waste and emissions. CIRCULÉIRE, Ireland’s pioneering circular innovation network, spearheaded by Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), is dedicated to supporting industries in their journey towards circularity through a comprehensive range of support and advisory services.

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So, how does this transformative process unfold? Let’s delve into the five-step plan that has revolutionized how organizations approach circular transitions.

Step 1 – Baseline Survey: Grasp the Impact

CIRCULÉIRE collaborates with organizations to gauge their environmental footprint across materials, water, and energy. This uncovers impact hotspots, fostering awareness of emissions and laying the foundation for change.

Step 2 – Maturity Assessment: Assessing Readiness

Using a custom circular maturity toolkit, CIRCULÉIRE assists businesses to evaluate their preparedness for circular integration. From strategy to digitalization, this tool identifies strengths and areas for growth.

Step 3 – Site Assessment: Unveiling Potential

IMR’s experts audit on-site processes, uncovering production inefficiencies and waste. This leads to opportunities for repurposing resources, boosting value creation.

Step 4 – Register of Circular Opportunities: Prioritize Innovation

By merging insights, organizations engage in workshops to prioritize circular innovation. This drives cost savings, supply-chain resilience, and fresh value propositions.

Step 5 – CE Action Plan: Roadmap to Circular Success

Guided by sector best practices, IMR crafts a tailored action plan. Covering short to long-term goals, this roadmap propels circular implementation while tracking progress.

The content from this post has been taken from the article A Guided Five Step Plan to Help Organisations on their Circular Transition Journey written by Dr Vikrant Bhakar and published by Profit with Purpose Magazine in Summer 2023 and businessnews.ie.


CIRCULÉIRE is a public-private partnership co-created by Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) and three strategic partners: the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EIT Climate-KIC. Together with industry partners, CIRCULÉIRE aims to assist manufacturers and their supply chains to switch from linear to circular business models. In November 2022, DECC announced €1.5m continuation funding for CIRCULÉIRE in 2023.

Read more about CIRCULÉIRE here.

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