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.

Finance, the catalyst to the circular economy

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.

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Circular economy challenges financial business models

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.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle: Where are you in the circular economy?

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.

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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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Avantium: Changing the world, one bottle at a time

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.

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What green finance could (and should) look like

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.

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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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Shanks: Turning waste into watts

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.

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Financing the circular economy

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)

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Unravelling the investment opportunities

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.

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ING finalist for CNBC Award for Circular Economy Investor

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.

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Van Scherpenzeel: new player in the circular economy

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.

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Could fitness as a service determine the future of the circular economy?

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...

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Siniat Romania: building a sustainable future

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.

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Coca-Cola: take circular economy 'leap of faith'

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.

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