Circular economy

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.

Four reasons why business must lead the circular economy revolution and help consumers see the value of circular practices

Four reasons why business must lead the circular economy revolution and help consumers see the value of circular practices

Potential business gains from the circular economy are vast—and adoption is critical to future competitiveness. But without consumer buy-in, it may all be in vain. Here are 4 reasons why business must lead the transition, and help consumers see the value of circular practices.

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Peerby CEO: Future of Product-sharing Means Learning From Netflix and Unlocking Higher Margins

Peerby CEO: Future of Product-sharing Means Learning From Netflix and Unlocking Higher Margins

We interviewed Daan Weddepohl, Founder and CEO of Netherlands-based device- and appliance-sharing platform Peerby, for his take on the future of product sharing business models.

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Back to the Future: Lufa Farms on Re-engaging Consumers With Local Food Systems

Back to the Future: Lufa Farms on Re-engaging Consumers With Local Food Systems

Thibault Sorret is a Chief of Staff at Canada-based sustainable agriculture and technology company Lufa Farms. Thibault explains to us how Lufa Farms uses its hyper-local model as a way to engage consumers, and how it hopes to overcome some of the remaining hurdles to making food systems sustainable.

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How Europe is Accelerating Circular Models in Electronics and Fashion

How Europe is Accelerating Circular Models in Electronics and Fashion

Joanna Drake, the Deputy Director-General for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment talks to us about why the electronics and fashion industries are key priorities for the Commission’s work on the circular economy, and why government, business and consumers must all play a part in Europe’s circular transition.

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The Rise of Secondary Markets in Electronics

The Rise of Secondary Markets in Electronics

Monika Collée-Nussbaum is Global Director Communications and CSR at Teleplan International, she talks to us about what has driven the company to adopt a circular economy model, and outlines the factors helping to accelerate the growth of secondary consumer markets for electronic devices.

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Are we shopping sustainably? Do we care?

Are we shopping sustainably? Do we care?

Examining consumer attitudes towards the circular economy and sustainability in 2020. We surveyed 15,000 consumers for their take on sustainability.

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The sustainability champion you never knew you had – your CFO

The sustainability champion you never knew you had – your CFO

ING’s, Anne van Riel writes about the role finance has to play in the future of business sustainability.

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Green Finance A-Z - a list of acronyms

Green Finance A-Z - a list of acronyms

Do you know your CDP from your CDSB? What about GHCP and GIIRS? It can feel at times like the green finance space is awash with acronyms. Not to worry, though, we’ve pulled together a cheat sheet of the top terms for you to reference as well as some handy green finance links.

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Rethinking the road to the circular economy

Rethinking the road to the circular economy

Out with the old throwaway society, in with the new circular economy. Policymakers, academics and businesses agree, a new model is needed to tackle some of the world's major environmental challenges. But transitioning to this new model is itself fraught with challenges.

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Circular business models enhance sustainability in infrastructure

Circular business models enhance sustainability in infrastructure

ING and partners aim to enhance sustainability in infrastructure through exploring circular business models. More insights can be found in the report from the Business Models and Value Cases working group of the Open Learning Environment Circular Bridges and Viaducts in the Netherlands.

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Six ways to tackle the plastic puzzle in the food sector

Six ways to tackle the plastic puzzle in the food sector

Almost half (8.2 million tons) of the plastic used for packaging in Europe (20.5 million tons) is used to pack food, according to a new ING report: ‘Plastic packaging in the food sector - Six ways to tackle the plastic puzzle in the food sector’.

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Circular economy: Consumers seek help

Circular economy: Consumers seek help

People mostly agree on the biggest environmental challenges of our time and many say they already participate in a movement towards a circular economy by reusing and recycling resources, but our latest ING International Survey on Circular economy finds consumers think initiatives from businesses and structural changes are required. 

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How circular thinking could change US business models

How circular thinking could change US business models

ING surveyed 300 C-suite executives in the US to get their take on the circular economy. The results might surprise you. 62% say they intend to implement circular economy practices into their businesses, while 16% say they already have.

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The Circular Economy’s Six ‘C’ Challenge

The Circular Economy’s Six ‘C’ Challenge

Despite the promise of the circular economy - which aims to deliver economic growth without waste - businesses have been slow to embrace it. Six reasons why.

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Isabel Fernandez, ING: 'Owning is a thing of the past'

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.

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ING finances circular tech company Milgro

ING finances circular tech company Milgro

ING Sustainable Investments will provide €2 million in risk-bearing capital to Milgro, a leading 'cleantech' company in the field of nature capital management.

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Car sharing unlocked

Car sharing unlocked

The number of cars in Europe is set to decline as car sharing triggers a 'peak car' moment. Platforms and technology developments are encouraging more people to see car-sharing as a viable option, but there are still substantial barriers to growth.

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Going circular in the tyre industry

Going circular in the tyre industry

ING has invested in Black Bear Carbon (BBC), a company that recycles old tyres into a raw material used to make things like pen ink, smartphone covers and new tyres.

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From assets to access

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.

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What motivates companies to go circular?

What motivates companies to go circular?

Circular economy is about rethinking how we use our raw materials and resources to create a sustainable economy free of waste and emissions. But why should companies include circularity in their mainstream business?

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Can I offer my products as a subscription?

Can I offer my products as a subscription?

It seems consumers are fine with just having the benefits of a subscription – such as to music – rather than owning goods. This shift from ‘ownership to access’ (O2A) is growing rapidly, both in the B2B market and the B2C market.

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