Raw material chains
In pursuing the goal of robust environmental improvements our economists’ frequently employ the concept of a ‘circular economy’. Another focus of their work is analysis of raw materials dependency and costs, contributing to the Dutch government’s position on natural resources, for example.
A key focus of our work on this theme is product packaging. For many products there are several packaging alternatives available, and we have long experience comparing their environmental credentials. In such analyses we always look emphatically at recycling options and factor in Europe-wide trend towards recycling systems for a growing range of packaging materials.
What can CE Delft do for you?
Our analyses can answer questions like:
“How does my product’s environmental footprint compare with that of my competitors?
How can my product be improved? What are the main environmental issues in our branch of industry?
Which of the raw materials in my product have the greatest environmental impact and are set to become scarce soonest?”
We can also provide mediation for brainstorming sessions on environmental improvement programmes and help you think about the fine-tuning of government legislation to promote sustainability. CE Delft’s strengths on this theme:
- a solid reputation in key raw materials sectors (waste, metals, construction, plastics, chemicals)
- both environmental and economic approaches to raw materials and resources
- a combination of LCA expertise and branch expertise
Supply chain management increasingly important for industry
Supply chain management is becoming an ever more important element of industrial management and policy. Packaging and biofuels are among the dossiers in which supply chain management now plays a pivotal role. In the context of waste and resource policy as well as in the food industry there is also a growing trend towards analysing entire supply chains and product life cycles.
A ‘circular economy’ seeks to keep products and materials in short, well-managed cycles. With its years of experience, CE Delft is outstandingly placed to perform environmental analyses of products and raw materials and their recycling and reuse, so the options with greatest promise for a circular economy can be selected. In doing so, we make use of the latest insights and understanding, so we can make due allowance for recycling and reuse in our LCA studies (recycled content, ‘end-of-life’ or ‘50/50%’ approach).
Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl), numerous industrial sectors including construction (Bouwend Nederland, Cement & Betoncentrum ), plastics, steel, aluminium, paper, dairy (national and international) and waste processing (Sita, Twence, Attero), and environmental NGOs including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth-Netherlands (Milieudefensie) and Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment (Stichting Natuur en Milieu).
For more information, please contact Geert Bergsma
Publicly available reports
List of all the publicly available reports relating to the theme Raw material chains
- LCA evaluation of processing alternatives for Schoonebeek production water
- Ambition for 2030. Vision on greening Zeeland’s industrial-logistical complex, with concrete targets
- Prioritizing action perspectives for greening the concrete chain: update 2016
- Life Cycle Assessment of resources from wastewater
- Economic opportunities for the circular economy in Zeeland province
- Exploring the circular economy in the concrete sector
- Pricing all bags, an exploration of options for banning free issue of bags of any material
- The circular economy as a key instrument for reducing climate change
- The average consumer’s ‘Top 10’ environmental impacts
- Manual for sustainable procurement of PVC piping
- What does a Plastic Hero save?
- Alternatives for co-firing biomass in coal plant
- Second opinion on LCA results for plastics and wooden pallets
- Environmental impact analysis of the Dutch Framework Agreement on Packaging
- Financial instruments for sustainable wood
- Environmental information on textiles
- Climate analysis of Subcoal® in coal-fired power plants
- Food Commodity Footprints, Global GHG footprints and water scarcity footprints in agriculture
- Introduction of a deposit on one-way beverage packaging: an impact analysis
- Knock-on economic effects of a biobased economy
- Greening the periodicals chain
- LCA of domestic food waste processing
- Life cycle impacts of several meat, dairy and egg products
- Update of LUC factors and background data for protein-rich products
- Roadmap for a sustainable bio-economy in 2030
- LCA results on crash barriers
- Preparations for the ‘Concrete 2.0’ agreement under ‘Concrete Green Deal’
- Action perspectives for a greener concrete industry
- A biodiversity benchmark
- Review of the Dutch National Waste Management Plan
- Biofuels on the Dutch market
- Sustainable procurement in The Hague
- Support for the National Waste Prevention Programme
- Prioritisation of action perspectives for greening the concrete product chain
- A study into charges to incentivize separate collection and recycling of commercial waste
- Natural cork bottle stoppers: a stopper on CO2 emissions?
- Environmental impact of concrete use in the Dutch construction industry
- End-of-life best approach for allocating recycling in LCAs of metal packaging
- GER values of recovered phosphorus
- Energy savings in the production chains of Tronox
- GER values and environmental impact scores production of auxiliaries for the water chain
- Incineration in the Netherlands versus landfill in the UK
- The propylene oxide production chain and possibilities for energy saving
- Behavioural climate change mitigation options and their appropriate inclusion in quantitative longer term policy scenarios
- The Netherlands: An import nation
Land use and emissions from resource flows
- Supply chain analysis: more than LCA alone
- Marginal land use changes for varying biofuels volumes
- Improvements in the petroleum chain
Improving the energy efficiency of the petroleum chain, outside refineries
- Better high-efficiency incineration than incineration close to home
How much waste transportation is useful for improving energy efficiency?
- Environmental assessment of paper and cardboard for lifecycle-based waste policy
- On weighting - A review of LCA weighting methods
- The environmental impact of the Belgian carpet supply chain