Global, human made mass exceeds all living biomass. Yet while nature has perfected circularity, humans still have some way to go. Circular economy is a system that aims to minimise waste and make the most of resources. Unlike the traditional linear economy (take, make, dispose), the circular economy promotes the continuous circulation of materials and products, extending their lifespan and maximising their value. It emphasises strategies such as recycling, upcycling, reusing and sharing to reduce environmental impacts and create a more sustainable and regenerative approach to production and consumption. The ultimate goal of the circular economy is to create a closed-loop system where resources are used in an optimal way, extending their useful life. This can be achieved by adopting an engineering mindset in the most efficient use of materials and components.
At CES, we’re actively working on implementing measures throughout our entire value chain to foster the circular economy. For example, we’re working with our clients on developing solutions that will lead to the remanufacturing of over 160,000 brake callipers and 1,200 radios per year. This is in addition to increasing the proportion of recycled materials provided to OEMs as well as hitting ever more ambitious scrap, waste and wastewater efficiency targets internally.
A car has an average of 30,000 parts. Most of these can be used more efficiently. As an engineering company dedicated to responsible mobility, we’re ideally placed to optimise recycling and remanufacturing to help close the loop for car parts and consumables.
Breathing new life into IT equipment
We have recognised the critical need for giving a second life to our devices that no longer meet the stringent performance and cybersecurity requirements. By introducing them to the used market, we are not only extending their lifecycle but also promoting sustainability and contributing to a circular economy. This is integral to our suite of services, which includes secure packaging, transportation, cutting-edge data sanitization, rigorous testing, thorough cleaning, responsible waste management and recycling.
We successfully transformed this idea of giving IT equipment a second life into a flourishing business model, now available to external companies as well. This approach ensures the preservation of the devices’ value while maintaining adherence to the highest security and environmental standards, creating a win-win situation for all stakeholders involved.