Circular Plastics Service

Moving to a Circular Economy

Comprehensive Analytics and Insight for the Plastics Value Chain’s Transition from a Linear to a Circular Economy.

The service addresses the implications of carbon intensity and the impact on future capital investments within the context of energy transition and carbon valuation, amid changing policy and regulations.
This service quantifies the magnitude and timing of substantial market shifts, identifies key regulatory and societal risks and provides ongoing tracking of fast-moving developments. Clients will understand the potential impact of costs, investment, and emissions of the linear and circular plastics models.

Gain a Tactical Advantage and Reformulate Your Company Strategy

Attain essential insight and analytics for the tactical oversight of your business as well as the reformulation of your company strategy around the transition from linear to circular value chains:

  • Track government regulations, policies and targets established by brand owners, industry alliances, NGOs and ESG investors and understand what this means for your business in the countries and regions where you have operations
  • Prepare a plan to mitigate against major sustainability-driven shifts in downstream plastics consumption
  • Determine how to position product offerings as increasing amounts of recycled content become available.
  • Assess opportunities for collaboration and investment in the plastics transition to circularity
  • Assess the relative value propositions of competing recycle technologies and anticipate where investments will be directed to scale infrastructure.
  • Anticipate the timing and magnitude on the impact on feedstocks that will develop during the plastics transition to circularity.

Moving to a Circular Economy

The plastics ecosystem is firmly in a transition where companies design out waste by keeping resources in use as long as possible and extracting the maximum value while at that. It is followed by recovering and regenerating valuable products and materials at the end of life. This transition occurs within the broader structural shifts of the energy transition as fuel demand peaks, raising the plastics demand risk profile and bringing forward challenges to balance emissions with circular plastics end-of-life goals.

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Plastic Ocean Pollution And Microplastics

These Key Questions Include:

How do companies understand and sort through the complex interplay between production and recycling economics, emissions, societal needs, and resources?
To what degree and at what pace will post-consumer recycling infrastructure and technology scale and accelerate to meet targets?
What is the potential for any unintended consequences of regulations and policies along the entire value chain?
How will the economics for circularity develop, and what role will policy play?
How do companies define their competitive position in a circular environment?

Service Insight and Analytics


A summary report summarizing key developments from all modules across the circular plastics landscape focusing on “What Has Changed” during the prior period as well as periodic podcasts and focus pieces.

Frequency/Format: Quarterly


A comprehensive, global policy database of Plastics Regulatory, Policy and ESG activity with accompanying insight.

Frequency/Format: Monthly Updates


Scenario demand modeling, visualization, and insight for virgin and mechanically recycled plastics with regional and end-use segmentation

Frequency/Format: Updated twice per year


Scenario modeling and insight for collection and disposition of plastics waste via landfill, incineration, mechanical recycling and chemical recycling. Analyses of plastics waste supply including categories, volumes, specifications & quality requirements.

Frequency/Format: Updated twice per year


Technology scanning and scenario-based economic modeling for recycling technologies. Database of recyclers capacities, alliances, inputs & outputs, facilities commercialization progress.

Frequency/Format: Realtime database updates with scenario updates twice per year


Scenario-based modeling and insight to evaluate the economics and emissions for circular plastics production compared to the incumbent, fossil-based linear model for producing plastics.

Frequency/Format: Updated twice per year


Strategic conclusions derived from the detailed study analyses targeted at identifying risks, investment opportunities, infrastructure needs, and recommended positioning & actions for industry participants.

Frequency/Format: Updated twice per year

Benefits of the Service

Application by Customers

Anticipate future recycling volumes under different scenarios

  • Understand the evolving demand shifts for virgin resins, monomers, and feedstocks.
  • Assess opportunities for investment collaboration in circularity. e.g. mechanical and chemical recycling

Quantify the timing and magnitude of impact on feedstock markets

  • See how changing plastics consumption may impact fossil-based feedstock requirements into chemicals
  • Prepare a plan to mitigate against major shifts in downstream consumption

Understand different regulatory regimes and track and anticipate changes globally

  • Understand which sectors of the value chain are most likely to need additional support from the government and associations

Compare competing mechanical /chemical process technologies and understand which may prevail

  • Understand how these technologies will fit into the future value chain
  • Optimize strategies for recycling investments

Evaluate the level of societal demand in different markets

  • Avoid being surprised by evolving consumer preferences
  • Develop actionable policies for plastics use and waste to manage consumer perceptions
  • See how consumer/system behavior is expected to change in the long-term

Technology development trends

  • See when and where new chemical and mechanical recycling facilities are being built and who is building them

Understand which chemical and plastics companies might prevail

  • Find out where new investments are likely to be needed in the future across the plastics value chain
  • See which companies are most likely to be winners or losers

Calculate carbon emissions and unit costs based on different infrastructure types

  • See how unit costs compare across assets and infrastructure types