The circular economy is an exciting and inspiring approach to create a new economy, a new way of consuming, using and producing products. The circular economy aims to create a system without waste that keeps all resources flowing continuously between producers and users. A system with low environmental impact and high economic activity.
Finance, the catalyst to the circular economy
On 10 March 2015, ING, the Dutch embassy in London and Green Alliance hosted an audience of CFOs, treasurers and other financial decision makers to discuss the implications of moving towards a circular business model.Read the article, watch the videos
Circular economy challenges financial business models
The concept of the circular economy is entering the mainstream and becoming better understood, but there is still misunderstanding about how to finance it, and the risks and opportunities it presents.Read the article
Reduce, reuse, recycle: Where are you in the circular economy?
As the concept of sustainability becomes more deeply embedded in the fabric of society and the economy, the notion of the circular economy has started to gain traction. World Finance speaks with ING’s chief economist Mark Cliffe on the risks and opportunities this presents.Watch the video
Isabel Fernandez, ING: 'Owning is a thing of the past'
At the World Circular Economy Forum in June 2017, ING's head of Wholesale Banking Isabel Fernandez spoke about ING’s role in creating a circular economy.Read the article, watch the video
Circular business models are growing, but how to finance them?
Increasingly, businesses are offering products through a subscription or leasing arrangement, but it’s still early days in getting to grips with how to finance this.Read the article
What a competition tells us about the circular economy
Brainstorming with the Amsterdam Economic Board, that works with businesses, government agencies and knowledge institutes to sustainably enhance the prosperity and wellbeing of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.Read the article
Financing the circular economy
In an interview with the Financial Times, ING's vice-chairman Koos Timmermans explains on the basis of the bank's recent circular economy report that “banks are facilitators for the economy. If the economy changes, we have to make sure we adapt our products”. (Aug. 2015)Read the article
From assets to access
The ING report ‘From assets to access’ takes a closer look at the steps the capital goods industry can take to move closer to a circular economy.Read the article, download the report
Shanks: Turning waste into watts
At the forefront of improving and expanding sustainable forms of waste management are companies like Shanks Group plc, a leading international sustainable waste management business serving both the public and private sectors and handling some 7.8 million tonnes of waste each year.Read the deal story
What green finance could (and should) look like
From multi-party circular economy initiatives to rooftop solar leasing for SMEs, a collaborative, creative ethos underscores the new breed of green financing.Read the article
Unravelling the investment opportunities
How do you turn the circular economy from a nice idea into an investable business model? Jamie Butterworth, former chief executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, will make an effort.Read the article
ING finalist for CNBC Award for Circular Economy Investor
‘The Circulars’ has listed ING as a finalist for the CNBC Award for Circular Economy Investor, as ING is going beyond traditional banking and taking steps to apply circular economy principles to business and investigating how to translate them into viable customer solutions.Read the article
Van Scherpenzeel: new player in the circular economy
Growing prosperity among the world’s population is driving up demand for raw materials, while these are becoming increasingly scarce. This leads to fundamental change and the need to grow towards a circular economy. Van Scherpenzeel is entirely devoted to circular economy.Read the article
Could fitness as a service determine the future of the circular economy?
In theory, ‘product as a service’ is the perfect circular economy model: by incentivising the producer it envisages the total re-use, re-deployment and refurbishment of a product and the efficient re-cycling of any components that are no longer viable...Read the article
Siniat Romania: building a sustainable future
When Siniat Romania wanted to grow its plasterboard business in South-East Europe it realised that it had an opportunity not only to meet demand in the region but also to make a major contribution to sustainability in Romania.Read the article
Coca-Cola: take circular economy 'leap of faith'
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has called on global governments and regulators to ignite a 'cultural shift' towards closed-loop business models - a transition that will only be possible if policymakers take a 'leap of faith' to back the circular economy.Read the article
Avantium: changing the world, one bottle at a time
Avantium’s ambition and commitment to innovation have enabled it to produce a sustainable plastic that could revolutionise food and drink packaging and benefit the environment.Read the article