What is Circulytics - a summary on four pages
The submission deadline for the current annual reporting cycle is 31 August 2022. Circulytics will reopen in October 2022 after annual updates have been made. Once you have signed up, your account will be automatically renewed annually in October.
The tools to guide you through your Circulytics® journey. The following documents will help ensure a seamless journey through Circulytics:
Used for tailoring the assessment scope and industry benchmarking
Circulytics is a tool to measure the circular economy performance of a company in a comprehensive way.
If you are new to the circular economy, we invite you to start your journey by exploring the key concepts of the circular economy.
How does Circulytics relate to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment?
Circulytics assesses a company’s entire circular economy performance, and is not limited to product and material flows, while the Global Commitment is focused on plastics. Definitions have been aligned where relevant.
What is it?
The Material Circularity Indicator (MCI) is an assessment tool for companies to improve product design and material procurement. The MCI tool:
Measures the circularity of material flows for selected products
Allows companies to build from products to portfolios, and can be extended to a company level view on the circularity of material flows
Supports decision making on product design and material procurement
How do the MCI and Circulytics complement one another?
The company-level Circulytics and the product-level Material Circularity Indicator (MCI) tools are complementary as they address different needs, but with the same dataset. MCI data, when available on a company or on a business unit level, can be used to respond to the Circulytics indicators on material flows.
What is it?
The CTI tool is a self-assessment framework for companies to help them understand the circularity performance of their material flows and energy consumption. It also looks at the use of critical materials and circular material productivity.
CTI allows companies to:
Decide the assessment scope and the appropriate time frame
View an online dashboard to update data and see results in real time
These elements enable CTI to be used in scenario planning. They are also useful in having informed discussions with suppliers and customers.
Further details are available directly from WBCSD and via their website.
How do Circulytics and CTI complement one another?
The Foundation and WBCSD have worked together to ensure the greatest viable degree of alignment as to how we collectively define and measure circular economy for companies. Importantly, the definitions and the ways each method measures material flows have been aligned so that companies can use the same datasets if they choose to use both tools.
What is it?
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) provides standards for sustainability reporting on a range of economic, environmental, and social impacts. GRI updated their Waste reporting standard 306 in May 2020 to include circular economy elements. The standard requires organisations to report on waste generated throughout the value chain, and release detailed information on its composition and how it is managed.
How do GRI 306: Waste 2020 and Circulytics complement one another?
GRI 306 includes elements of circular economy, and companies who use either GRI 306 or Circulytics are able to use the same data in both methods.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. We develop and promote the idea of a circular economy, and work with business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.
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The work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is supported by our Strategic Partners and Partners.