Circular Plastics Service

Moving to a Circular Economy

Comprehensive Analytics and Insight for the Linear to Circular Transition of the Plastics Value Chain.
The plastics industry’s transition to a circular ecosystem is at a critical stage, and global headwinds abound. Decarbonization, energy transition, evolving regulations, rapid technological advancements, and shifting consumer preferences all contribute to disruptions throughout the value chain. Successfully implementing actionable strategies requires an in-depth understanding of the complexities of an evolving industry.

The Circular Plastics Service can help.

Moving to a Circular Economy for Plastics

Industry participants across the plastics value chain struggle to transition away from the ‘produce, use and dispose’ linear model that has produced massive quantities of plastic waste. Companies now strive to design and use products and packaging to extract maximum value by keeping materials in use as long as possible and recovering and regenerating valuable materials at each end of use.

This transition is particularly complex amidst the broad, long-term energy transition shifts and the near-term ebb and flow of the plastics industry business cycle. It raises the plastics demand risk profile and challenges balancing emissions with the structural changes needed for a successful transition.

Chart Your Course in the Evolving Chemicals Landscape

The Circular Plastics Service is designed to provide plastics
stakeholders with critical insight into the complex transition underway by preparing a broad spectrum of interdependent, forward-looking content encompassing the Circular Plastics Ecosystem.

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 of the impact on feedstocks that will develop during the plastics transition to circularity.

 

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 plastic 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, and 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

 

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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

 

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