Finance, the catalyst to the circular economy

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On 10 March, ING Wholesale Banking, the Dutch embassy in London and Green Alliance hosted an exclusive audience of CFOs, group treasurers and other financial decision makers to discuss the implications of moving towards a circular business model and the role that finance will play in society’s transition to a circular economy.

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Packaging innovation will revolutionise the industry

Summary of the contribution of Mrs. Ulrike Sapiro, director of Sustainability at The Coca-Cola Company.

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Circular economy: necessary next step in developing sustainable growth business models

Summary of the contribution of professor Jan Peter Balkenende Ph.D, partner Corporate Responsibility at EY, former PM of the Netherlands.

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Coca-Cola calls on policymakers to take circular economy 'leap of faith'

Coca-Cola calls on policymakers to 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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Unravelling the investment opportunities for the circular economy

Unravelling the investment opportunities for the circular economy

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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Transition towards a circular economy means a stronger, lasting business

Simon Smits, Dutch Ambassador in the UK, opened the session underlining the relevant contribution of the circular economy on the Eurozone. “We are seeing an increased focus on circular business models and we wanted to use the momentum of the Dutch EU presidency to elevate this issue.”

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Van Scherpenzeel: a new player in the circular economy

Van Scherpenzeel: a new player in the circular economy

Virtually all waste can be given a new life as raw material. Ruud Sondag is convinced of it. Together with fellow shareholders Kick Scholten, Egbert Vennik and ING Corporate Investments, his ambitions for Van Scherpenzeel Group are high. He wants to make this company THE connecting link in the circular economy. "We invest in the interchanges".

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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.

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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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Shanks: Generating funds for a sustainable waste management business

Shanks: Generating funds for a sustainable waste management business

The world generates upwards of 4 billion tonnes of waste each year, according to estimates by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), although the exact amount is impossible to determine. What is certain is that the figure is rising steadily alongside economic development and population growth, and is already several times higher than what it was a generation ago.

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Siniat Romania: building a sustainable future

Siniat Romania: building a sustainable future

When Siniat Romania, part of the Belgian industrial group Etex, 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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The FT on financing the circular economy

The FT on 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”.

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From assets to access

From assets to access

The new 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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ING finalist at The Circulars 2017 for CNBC Award for Circular Economy Investor

ING finalist at The Circulars 2017 for CNBC Award for Circular Economy Investor

ING’s goal is to support and encourage customers in their transition process. ING does that in several ways: by committing to grow the sustainable business portfolio; by investing in best practice companies; by applying a more holistic and in-depth analysis of clients’ financial flows; by developing intelligence on the subject and by engaging with customers through round tables, seminars and workshops.

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Why 'fitness as a service' could determine the future of the circular economy

Why 'fitness as a service' could 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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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 in 2017 and beyond

What green finance could (and should) look like in 2017 and beyond

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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Owning is a thing of the past

Owning is a thing of the past

At the World Circular Economy Forum, ING's head of Wholesale Banking Isabel Fernandez spoke about ING’s role in creating a circular economy.

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What a competition tells us about the circular economy

What a competition tells us about the circular economy

"In July, I was privileged to be asked to join a brainstorming session with the Amsterdam Economic Board. This regional advisory body works with businesses, government agencies and knowledge institutes to sustainably enhance the prosperity and wellbeing of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, which has a population of more than 2.3 million people."

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'In circular construction, everything is a nutrient for something else'

'In circular construction, everything is a nutrient for something else'

A report from ING indicates an increasing demand for buildings to be constructed using circular economy principles. What is circular construction, and how does it work?

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