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REBus newsletter: September 2016
In this issue
  • Feature: REBus insights
  • Lessons from our pilot projects
  • Keeping up to date: publications and inspiration
  • Online resources
  • For your diaries

Feature: REBus insights

REBus is moving into an exciting phase as the pilot projects are completing their first REBMs. Over the next few months, we will be sharing insights from these projects and hearing from REBus experts as they review the results. Keep an eye on the website for the latest news and published case studies.

Here are some articles sharing initial insights:

REBus Dutch pilot ProRail – lessons learnt
Learn from ProRail’s experience of implementing a circular procurement business model to purchase flooring and furniture for their new offices.

Developing pioneering supplier REBMs propositions
Greg Lucas, Technical Specialist - Business Models Development at WRAP, shares his insights in two articles to help businesses get their supplier REBM ideas off the ground and across the finishing line. These insights are based on the learning so far from the UK REBus pilot projects, which Greg has helped to deliver. 
  1. Getting started – converting circular ideas into action
    Looking at the innovation and feasibility stages of the process, Greg highlights lessons learnt from the pilot projects. The lessons cover how businesses can develop their ideas into well-researched and business-focused proposals with the help of multi skilled colleagues. Find out the top three reasons businesses stalled with their REBMs during the early stages.
  2. Crossing the finish line – building world class REBMs propositions
    This article reviews the business case, pilot and roll-out stages. The insights shared by Greg will help businesses shape their initial proposals into world-class propositions that will influence key decision makers to take that leap of faith and progress to piloting and rolling-out their REBMs. Find out how you balance innovation with risk averse boards.

Lessons from our pilot projects

Circular coffee and tea in Municipality Losser and Enschede
The municipalities of Enschede and Losser in the Netherlands challenge the market in co-creation. They’ve adopted the most circular solutions for cold and hot drinks facilities using the Rapid Circular Contracting methodology developed by the Foundation Circular Economy. Read more about the Rapid Circular Contracting method later in the newsletter. 

Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture 2018: Building circular expo pavilions
The city has recently won a bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2018. Two remarkable buildings will be built on the Water Campus in Leeuwarden. The buildings will be used as an exhibition pavilion and meeting centre and have been awarded based on performance, including circularity. Selection will be based on innovation and partnership qualities and further development is done in co-creation with the community and all stakeholders.

Dutch circular procurement pilot
A unique pilot project drawing to an end in September reflects the Dutch government’s aspiration to achieve maximum re-use and recycling. In it, some 50 lock stewards were issued with caps, polo-shirts, raincoats and fleece jackets made of 100% recyclable polyester materials. Read more about this pilot on the REBus website.

Circular supplies for the Ministry of Defence
Two Belgian companies will deliver the Ministry of Defence's latest circular supplies: 50,000 white and green towels and approximately 53,000 green overalls. The Textile and Equipment Company (KPU) in Soesterberg in the Netherlands signed a contract with two companies. The new fabric is a high percentage of re-used textiles: 36% and 14%.

Keeping up to date: Publications and inspiration

Rapid Circular Contracting (RCC) methodology
A characteristic of RCC is that the parties involved work from a Programme of Ambitions (PoA) rather than the traditional Programme of Requirements (PoR). The partners share insights and dilemmas with each other to develop and design procurement strategies. This results in a relatively short turnaround time for the procurement process, an open attitude in relation to the qualities of the market, a better price-quality ratio, higher satisfaction and an optimal circular and responsible use of production resources, products, and materials. Read more about this methodology.

Electronics Goes Green 2016+
Malcolm Waddell, Programme Area Manager at WRAP, presented two sessions at EGG 2016:
  • 7 September: Business models – innovative value creation
    Malcolm discussed the latest thinking from REBus and shared insights from the collective learning gathered from pilot projects.
  • 8 September: Critical raw materials closed loop recovery (CRM)
    This session shared the latest news from CRM, another EU Life funded project. The project is looking to create an EU inventory of critical raw materials and to increase the resource efficiency of collection, treatment and recovery of these materials.
Read more – Innovations transforming sustainable electricals

Collaboration for circular economy (CE): linking sustainable public procurement (SPP) and business models
This new report presents a framework that was developed to link sustainable public procurement with the delivery of CE in the Netherlands. The framework emphasises the promotion of REBMs through SPP by defining technical, non-technical specifications for improved recovery rates, and socio-cultural specifications for improved collaboration during the procurement process.

Online resources

Visit the recently refreshed REBus website to discover practical guidance for implementing REBMs. Further guidance, lessons learnt and case studies will be added as the project moves through the dissemination phase.
Available now Coming soon
  • Guide for implementing circular procurement REBMs
  • REBus pilot case studies

For your diaries

REBus celebration of resource efficient business models
21 November in London
Join REBus, EU Life+ funded project, at an event celebrating resource efficient business models. Our experts have been working with industry to develop, pilot and champion resource efficient business models which embrace the opportunities presented by the circular economy. Expert panels will be discussing:
  • Behaviour change en masse: how to crack business model innovation in B2C markets
  • Taking a leap of faith: how to transition to a new business model without disrupting a good business
  • Circular procurement: the role of procurement in stimulating demand for new business models
  • Symbiotic relationships: developing new business models that deliver mutual value 
You will also have the opportunity to book a 1:1 consultation with REBus experts.
The event will be of interest to industry professionals across a range of business functions.
Registration is now open.

Coming soon from REBus in November
How to implement supplier REBMs workshops: A series of practical online workshops to help you run successful REBM implementation projects.

The first two workshops will guide you through the supplier REBM stages sharing lessons learnt from UK REBus pilot projects. The final session will be a reflection of the whole REBus project and will discuss key points to remember to ensure REBMs become ‘business as usual’.

Further details will posted on the REBus website shortly.
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