Circular Transition Indicators

Over the past year, 25 global companies that are members of WBCSD came together to jointly develop Circular Transition Indicators for organizations to identify circular opportunities and linear risks, to determine circular priorities and targets.

 This methodology provides companies to understand their circularity performance and allows them to:

• Identify circular opportunities and linear risks with the aim of improving longevity and resilience

• Help organizations to understand where they are in the transition to a circular economy

• Respond to customer and investor inquiries

• Start value chain conversations on identified circular priorities

The framework outlines seven process steps:

1- Scope : Determine the boundaries

2- Materiality (Select the indicators)

3- Collect (Identify sources and collect data)

4- Calculate (Perform the calculations)

5- Analyze (Interpret results and identify opportunities)

6- Plan (Develop action plan for circular opportunities)

7- Apply (Roll out the action plan)

This framework aims to provide broadly accepted guidance on measuring circularity. The framework could be used as a guidance for organizations in obtaining tangible understanding into how it can accelerate the transition to a circular economy and the opportunities in doing so. Any organization, regardless of size, sector or position in the value chain, can use this framework.

According to the latest developments, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Circular IQ have partnered to develop an online tool for  “Circular Transition Indicators (CTI)” framework, which aims to support businesses calculate, measure and monitor their transition to a circular economy with to scale up impact and improve strategic decision making.

The circular economy is considered as a promising approach to help reduce our global sustainability pressures and its principles have already been adopted as part of the business strategies. Even though the pressure to shift from linear to more circular ways of doing business increases, today the global economy is only 9% circular according to the 2018 Circularity Gap Report. It means that the progress to accelerate the transition is continuing and the opportunity to improve stands at 91%.

The development of the CTI tool will help companies identify opportunities to improve their circularity and effectively address the major and global challenges.

The online tool will officially be launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2020.

10th Transaction: Anadolu Etap & Sütaş

Turkey’s circular economy platform, Turkey Materials Marketplace (TMM), continues to bring companies together and support their activities relating to circularity. Recently, two of the TMM member companies Sütaş and Anadolu Etap have met and successfully collaborated through the platform.

Through this collaboration, Anadolu Etap’s treatment sludge is utilized in Sütaş’s Solid Waste Disposal and Biogas Facility. Within the last sixth months, a total of  40 tons of sludge was processed and converted into renewable energy.

At its bio gas facility, Sütaş produces electricity, hot water, steam and fertilizers by processing waste. Therefore, Sütaş has achieved progress on many goals, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, recycling wastes and generating all the power needed from their biogas plants.

This collaboration between the two TMM members results in considerable energy cost reduction while providing significant ecological benefits by minimizing waste disposal quantities and emissions.

You can get involved

You may add your waste materials to the TMM Platform, and gain economic benefits

If you are a licenced waste company, you can take a look at the materials on the platform

If you are not a member yet, please contact us for more information on the advantages of TMM membership.

ABOUT SÜTAŞ

From 1975 onward, Sütaş has been operating with a focus on milk and dairy products only. Today, the company processes 900 million liters of milk per year in its four production facilities located in Turkey, Macedonia and Romania and offers 77 different products to its consumers. Sütaş is the leading brand of the Turkish dairy sector and is the preferred brand in three households out of four in Turkey. Sütaş employs 5000 people with 2.6 billion TL revenue.

Sütaş, through its "From Farm to Table" Business Model manages and audits all the process from the grass that the cows eat to the dairy products that reach the tables. As a result of this model, Sütaş operates in an integrated structure consisting of feed plants, dairy cattle breeding farms, dairy plants, education centers and application farms, waste water treatment and biogas production facilities. According to its regional export strategy, Sütaş export volume to the Middle East, Turkic Republics, North Africa and the USA reaches 25 million USD.

ABOUT ANADOLU ETAP

Anadolu Etap started investing in plantation in order to meet the demand of high-quality raw material for fruit juice concentrate production and also the demand in fresh fruit industry. Anadolu Etap, which was established in cooperation with Anadolu Group, Özgörkey Holding and Brazil-based Cutrale Group, is carrying on its activities with the strategy of being Turkey’s leading fruit juice producing and fresh fruit growing companies. As of today, Anadolu Etap is reaching the highest fruit processing capacity in Turkey with 8 farms and 1 packaging facility.

Anadolu Etap provides uninterrupted service to its customers from America to Japan with international GlobalG.A.P and Turkish Good Agricultural Practices certificates. Anadolu Etap is the first agricultural company in Turkey to publish and commit itself to Sustainable Agriculture Principles.

The 9th Waste Transaction is Completed

Turkey Materials Marketplace continues to support and bring companies together around the circular economy. Recently, two of the Turkey’s leading companies have met and colloborated through strong networking opportunities and the assistance of TMM.

Organik Kimya, aiming to find a way for productive use for the sludge, considered location and economic opportunities and has  successfully partnered with Akçansa via the TMM platform. With this colloboration, Organik Kimya’s treatment sludge will be used as alternative fuels in Akçansa’s cement manufacturing until the end of this year.  

The use of Organik Kimya’s treatment sludge as alternative fuels in Akçansa’s cement production does not only reduce the energy cost, but also has significant ecological effect thanks to the reduction of waste disposal requirements and emissions.

You can get involved

You may add your waste materials to the TMM Platform, and gain economic benefits

If you are a licenced waste company, you can take a look at the materials on the platform

If you are not a member yet, please contact us for more information on the advantages of TMM membership.

ABOUT ORGANİK KİMYA

With over 90 years of experience in the chemicals industry, they have been providing solutions to a variety of markets and applications utilizing different technologies.

Today, Organik Kima serves its customers with a total capacity of 250.000 tons across 4 production platforms. Over 2.000 Euporean and international partners in 80 countries enjoy valuable solutions for a variety of applications at six different business units;  coatings, constructions, textile, paper,  chemical and industrial adhesive solutions. 

ABOUT AKCANSA

Akçansa, a joint venture of Sabancı Holding and HeidelbergCement, is the largest cement producer of Turkey, and is the leader company of its industry.

By the vision of to achieve a sustainable growth beyond all borders within the construction materials industry as a company trusted by all stakeholders and offering the most preferred business model, Akçansa, the leader of the Turkish cement industry, meets 10% of Turkey’s cement need as well as 12,5% of Turkey’s total cement and clinker export with its products complying to the global quality standards, its eco-friendly identity awarded by the Istanbul Chamber of Industry, its outstanding service understanding, and its plants equipped with high technology.

Third Call for The Circular Vouchers

EBRD announced the 3rd round of The Circular Vouchers at the 5th Turkey Materials Marketplace (TMM) Network Meeting in order to support TMM members’ materials exchange transactions and their projects for transition to circular economy.

For the new round, one voucher is worth up to 20.000 EUR. 90% of the total project budget of 5 companies will be supported by The Circular Vouchers.

The final application date is 30th September 2019.

Winners of the 2nd Round of The Circular Vouchers Announced

2nd round of The Circular Vouchers grant program for TMM members was announced in January 2019 and the applications ended on April 2019.

Following careful evaluations by EBRD and TMM teams, 3 TMM members have been chosen as recipients of the 2nd round and will be awarded with 90% technical grants, with %10 contribution from the company.

With The Circular Vouchers, TMM member companies will be supported by receiving a total of nearly € 300,000 technical support for developing their material exchanges transactions.

BCSD TURKEY, as a major player in Turkey’s transition to circular economy, would like to congratulate all the winners and wish them success.

What is The Circular Vouchers?

Circular Vouchers are grants that help the companies purchasing a consultancy service focusing on assessing the feasibility of material exchanges opportunities.

For more information about The Circular Vouchers please check out the TMM Website and please follow our Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter accounts for any updates and current news about the TMM project and Circular Economy.

Circular Economy Opportunities in the Food Industry

The second sectoral meeting of the Turkey’s Materials Marketplace “Circular Economy Opportunities in the Food Industry” held on 23 May, 2019 and hosted by Türk Tuborg in İzmir.

The event attracted considerable attention and brought companies, experts, and other related professionals together in the industry to exchange and discuss material exchange opportunities in the industry.

The meeting started with the welcome speech made by the BCSD Turkey Executive Director, Konca Çalkıvik. As the keynote speaker, Olcay Silahlı, Founder of the Fazla Gıda, which is a food waste recovery based start-up funded by United Nations Development Program, took the stage and introduced their start-ups.

Münevver Bayhan, BCSD Turkey Manager, briefly explained the TMM Project. The participants were informed about the 3-year development of the project and the targets for increasing the sectoral based studies in the new period. The Circular Vouchers program detailed by Deniz Yurtsever, EBDR Near Zero Waste Program Manager. She explained how the Circular Vouchers are grants that help the companies purchasing a consultancy service. She also added that the 3rd round of the Circular Vouchers will be announced soon.

In the session of “Waste Utilization Methods in the Food Industry”, sectoral experts informed the participants about the food industry’s waste opportunities and how they create economic value with their waste. Prof. Dr. Yekta Göksungur, Ege University Food Department, emphasized the fact that approximately one third of the food produced worldwide is wasted and the financial loss resulting from this situation amounted to approximately $ 750 billion. He underlined that the sector has a great potential in terms of creating value from waste.

Following Mr. Göksungur, Prof. Dr. Taner Baysal from Ege University gave information about how to utilize fruit &vegetable wastes. He shared research on the valorization of food processing wastes which includes several advantages and opportunities.

Last presentation of this session was delivered by Alper Karakaya, Rhodolive Project Coordinator. He stated that Olive Mill Wastewater (OMW) is a significant by-product of the food industry of the olive oil producer countries, with a high environmental impact, when not appropriately treated. The project, which is funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 suggests an innovative circular bio economy approach by treating the Olive mill wastewater (OMW) with a non-conventional yeast, in order to produce valuable products such as bio-phenols and carotenoids to be used in different sectors.

In the workshop, which aimed to identify the collaboration and project opportunities for the circular economy in the food sector, the participants had the opportunity to identify and evaluate the main issues that they need investment, technical support and R & D. In addition, during the workshop, the company officials shared the main challenges they faced and their expectations from the TMM project. The workshop was successfully moderated by Prof. Yekta Göksungur.

In the last part of the event, Turk Tuborg presented their sustainability approaches and shared their experiences with the participants.  After the presentation, the participants had the opportunity to get to know each other closely, to exchange ideas and to discuss the subject during the cocktail held by Turk Tuborg.

The 7th and 8th Waste Transactions are Completed

TMM continues to achieve success in creating environmental outcomes through circular economy and build collaboration among the companies.

Through the TMM platform, Exitcom collaborated with Legrand and Anadolu Etap and a total of 1226 kg of electronics and hazardous wastes are successfully recycled.

By the 7th transaction, 800 kg of electronic waste of Anadolu Etap were sent to Exitcom and recycled.

The 8th transaction between Legrand and Exitcom marked the recycling of 426 kg electronic wastes.

These two transactions contributed to zero waste targets of the companies while ensuring economic and environmental benefits with a circular economy approach.

Both Anadolu Etap and Legrand prevented environmental problems through duly treatment of hazardous and electronic waste carried out by an authorized recycling company.

You can get involved

You may add your waste materials to the TMM Platform, and gain economic benefits

If you are a licenced waste company, you can take a look at the materials on the platform

If you are not a member yet, please contact us for more information on the advantages of TMM membership.

ABOUT ANADOLU ETAP

Anadolu Etap started investing in plantation in order to meet the demand of high-quality raw material for fruit juice concentrate production and also the demand in fresh fruit industry. Anadolu Etap, which was established in cooperation with Anadolu Group, Özgörkey Holding and Brazil-based Cutrale Group, is carrying on its activities with the strategy of being Turkey’s leading fruit juice producing and fresh fruit growing companies.

 Anadolu Etap extended fresh fruit operations with Turkey’s first fruit brand “Doal”. As the biggest fruit growth project of Turkey Anadolu Etap is the first company to publish the Sustainable Agriculture Principles and have both Global G.A.P and Best Agriculture Practices Certificates.

ABOUT LEGRAND HOLDING

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. From installation components and user interfaces to building systems, the Group offers: they offer high-value-added products and solutions for commercial, residential and industrial buildings. 

Essentially European at the beginning, Legrand is today present around the globe. Operating on international markets, Legrand is established in nearly 90 countries, with products sold on every continent.

ABOUT EXITCOM

Exitcom is the first and only company in Turkey provide services in the field of recovery of light/fluorescent, cartridge/toner and battery. Exitcom has an integrated facility that can treats WEEE Groups and also provides data destruction and archive destruction services to its customers in order to facilitate the management of electronic wastes and reduce the risk that may arise.