Circular Economy

Circular Economy

HOW CAN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY CREATE VALUE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

THE OPPORTUNITY FOR BUSINESS

Our current economic model is inefficient. Much of what we produce ends up in landfill, with only a fraction (circa 5%) of the value we put into making things recovered after use.

With a finite level of resources, volatile commodity prices, and a growing consumer middle class, business cannot keep doing business the same way.

This is more than an existential threat to businesses. Companies thinking differently, thinking circular, are finding ways of creating value now. Creative thinking about business models based on service propositions, and capturing the embedded value in products are helping companies like Philips, Renault, British Sugar, and Brambles compete in markets in new ways.

We believe the Circular Economy will increasingly be a disruptive force, and that businesses need to understand the opportunities and threats it presents. They need to rethink, and transform, and they need to do that now before they get left behind.

 THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY MODEL

Today’s economy is primarily linear, and follows a ‘take, make, use, and dispose’ model, relying on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy.

A Circular Economy is restorative and regenerative by design, and aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all time. They do this by focusing the entire product value-chain on:

 • Reusing, refurbishing and recycling;

• Maximizing inherent value in products and by-products;

• Reducing material and energy costs;

• Consumption of services rather than purchasing assets.

 THE BENEFITS TO BUSINESS

Globally, CircularEconomy could save $700B in material costs alone, annually (World Economy Forum 2014). Adopting circular principles could mean you will:

• Access additional value from your materials and assets – create      new sources of wealth;

• Apply more efficient operating models – reduce operating costs;

• Develop longer term service-based relationships with end consumers – build customer intimacy;

• Create opportunities for financial returns with less risk – attract more investment;

• Attract consumers and employees who care about their global impact – enhance your brand;

• Foster deeper collaboration across value chains – identify new opportunities;

• Create less waste in a world with finite resources – build in resilience.

 HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

We can help you start implementing the Circular Economy.

Our time-bound and focused Circular Economy Assessment Toolkit can help you identify what the opportunities are for your business. We will:

• Inspire and gather people to raise awareness of the Circular Economy, and opportunities using proven techniques for innovation and design

• Prioritize the opportunities based on potential value, sector readiness, and the potential of technology

• Develop prioritized opportunities and assess their feasibility

• Justify and develop the commercial case to seek funding to deliver the opportunity.

We can then help you deliver the opportunities, drawing on our breadth and depth or our sector and service capabilities:

• Define new circular business models – assess market opportunities, design new customer value, propositions, tilt from product to service orientation, develop circular two-way processes and systems;

• Create new service experiences – design new customer experiences, ‘sensorise’ products, visualize and interpret ‘big data’, develop new pricing and revenue models;

• Design products for upgrade and disassembly – identify and asses new technologies and IP, product tear-down and lifecycle assessment, design for upgrade and disassembly, redesign packaging;

• Reinvent manufacturing – new production techniques and technologies, the process for disassembly and re-manufacturing, improvement of throughput, cost and waste;

• Collaborate with partners – establish effective partnering across the supply chain, and cross-industry, renegotiate contracts, optimize reverse logistics and distribution, digitize the supply chain;

• Make it happen – accelerate early-stage technology development, make the investment case, rapidly deliver out of the ordinary transformation in an agile way, engage leaders and staff to think circular.

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Health Product Declarations

Health Product Declarations (HPD)

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) provides a systematic and standardized way of reporting the material contents of building products, and the health effects associated with these materials. The HPD is developed according to the directions set forth by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and is considered to be complementary to life cycle documentation such as LCA and EPD.

HPD Consultant Services

GCAS offers services to help building product manufacturers complete their Health Product Declaration. We identify all ingredients in your product by working with your supply chain. GCAS assists you in gathering and reporting the information required to complete your Health Product Declarations template. The final HPD is “self-declared” and identified as prepared by GCAS.

HPDC Third-Party Verification Program

GCAS can assist product manufacturers with HPD verification. Third-Party Verification Program provides a framework for an additional level of assurance that a completed Health Product Declaration (HPD) fully complies with the HPD Open Standard.

Our team works with Approved HPD Third-Party Verifiers. A Third Party Verification is conducted as a desk audit of the HPD and its documentation; it does not mandate an onsite audit that would review a Bill of Materials. Verification of a Health Product Declarations is not a product certification or a declaration that the product is safe.

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Green Finance Services

Green Finance Services

Financial investments flowing into sustainable development projects & initiatives, environmental products and policies that encourage the development of a more sustainable economy. Green finance Services includes climate finance but is not limited to it.

GCAS provides services to enable renewable energy business companies to succeed at all stages of business growth from conception to maturity to exit. We work with companies in all industries, but we appreciate clients that are trying to make our world a better place.

GCAS Green Finance Services

Our services deals with project evaluation, project financing processes and the necessary steps that need to be undertaken to obtain funding from financial institutions when these institutions analyze the “bankability” of renewable energy projects especially wind, PV and biogas projects.

Our approach lays out the important organizational and business-plan aspects of the financing and assessment procedures that are required and need to be undergone prior to a first disbursement under a project loan facility.

Our Services includes the following;

• Feasibility Study;
• Financial Modeling of a Renewable Energy Project using the “RE Project Evaluator”;
• Forecast of Revenues and Cash Flows;
• Comprehensive Risk Assessment;
• Preparation of Renewable Energy Projects in the Portfolio context;
• Support mechanism for Renewable Energy Project Finance and Project Contracts;
• Monitoring Services
• Project Contracts.

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Life Cycle Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment is taking off globally importance to help project owners to quantify and improve environmental performance to meet global and national climate change impact reduction targets. Life Cycle Assessment is the leading solution for understanding, quantifying and communicating the environmental and social credentials and performance of products, services, processes, assets, and organizations.

Life Cycle Assessment is a method of analyzing the environmental impact of products and services that consider their full life cycle (cradle-to-grave). A key strength of LCA is that it studies whole product systems and thus enables a business to avoid mitigating one environmental impact at the expense of aggravating another.

LCA’s are completed for a variety of reasons. First, it reduces the life cycle impacts, also cut energy and other costs. Assessing and reducing your sustainability impact has a similar effect to an efficiency audit. The results will identify the most cost-effective way for you to operate. Second, the public increasingly demands information about the sustainability features of the products they buy.

The following important applications of Life Cycle Assessment are increasingly being adopted by businesses internationally:

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

EPD is the international standard to communicate your product or service environmental credentials to the market.

Building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Building Life Cycle Assessment is the most comprehensive method of assessing building environmental impacts over the complete building lifetime. This methodology has recently been incorporated in the Green Building Council of many countries.

GCAS Provides

• Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) in line with ISO 14025 and EN15804.
• Develop ISO 14040 & 14044 compliant life cycle assessments to underpin the EPDs.
• Whole building life cycle assessment through LEED v4.

GCAS Advantage

GCAS can produce a Life Cycle Assessment profile for your building and offer you a comprehensive online tool to manage and drive ongoing improvements. With this information, you can test and apply new strategies and options to reduce environmental and human health impacts before committing resources.

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energy modeling

Energy Modelling & Simulation

5While the global marketplace becomes increasingly volatile, our energy forecasting and modeling services do the exact opposite. We provide you with stability and prepare you for the future through reliable energy predictions. Combining our globally recognized models with over 20 years of expertise in forecasting, our modeling specialists can provide unique insight on long-term energy demand, prices, power mix, GHG mitigation, and energy efficiency, taking into account the latest Geo-strategic developments. We also participate in numerous research programs to determine long-term energy scenarios in the global economy. Our clients include major global energy companies, equipment manufacturers, industries, and governmental bodies.

Energy Modelling & Simulation is the virtual or computerized simulation of a building or complex that focuses on energy consumption, utility bills and life cycle costs of various energy-related items such as air conditioning, lights, and hot water. It is also used to evaluate the payback of green energy solutions like solar panels and photovoltaics, wind turbines and high-efficiency appliances. To understand energy modeling, it’s important to understand building simulation.

Building simulation is the process of using a computer to build a virtual replica of a building. In layman’s terms, the building is built from its component parts on a computer and a simulation is performed by taking that building through the weather conditions of an entire year. In a way, building simulation is a way to quantitatively predict the future and thus has considerable value. Building simulation is commonly divided into two categories: Load Design, and Energy-Analysis. The common phrase for building simulation when energy is involved is Energy-modeling.

Load Design is used to determine:

• Air conditioning loads (the amount of cooling/heating energy needed by space/system/building);
• Volumetric airflow requirements (the amount of air needed to cool/heat a space);
• Equipment capacities (since equipment may condition multiple spaces);
• Supply Temperatures;
• Hydronic Plant capacities (worst case simultaneous load);
• Similarities and differences between equipment options for heating and cooling a space.

Energy-Analysis or Energy-modelling is used to:

• Predict the monthly energy consumption and bills;
• Predict the annual energy cost;
• Annual CO2 emissions;
• Compare and contrast different efficiency options;
• Determine life cycle payback on various options.

GCAS Energy Services is an energy intelligence and consulting company. Our experts will help you to tackle key energy and climate issues and make sound strategic and business decisions. We provide solutions, consulting and training to key energy actors in the Middle East Region.

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Environmental Product Declarations

Environmental Product Declarations

An EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is a verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of a product.

The International EPD System is a global programme for environmental declarations based on ISO 14025 and EN 15804.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are  Eco-labels that display data of predetermined environmental parameter categories according to the international standard ISO 14025.

EPDs aim at supplying and easily communicating reliable and externally verified environmental information and provide a platform for the fair comparison of the environmental performance of products and services.

Why is Environmental Product Declarations important?

There is a rapidly growing demand for quantitative environmental information from companies and their stakeholders. Based on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), EPDs provide this kind of information with an exact, reliable, objective, and verifiable way.

Environmental Product Declarations are being used internationally in the procurement processes of public and private sectors, as dependable evidence of the environmental performance of materials and services. Moreover, the quantified, structured and homogenized information supplied by the EPDs, enables the Eco-design and Eco-innovation for products and services.

GCAS Advantage

GCAS has the tools to support you in your LCA and EPD work and increase your efficiency within the organization.

We are partners with all the major program have LCA Life Cycle Assessment Practitioners and have been approved by the International EPD System (EnvironDec ) as EPD Consultants.

Our role is to maximize your investment in product transparency by helping meet customer demand through LEED v4. We minimize the impact of the new process on your already busy schedule.

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Inspection and Product Testing

A solution for all your Quality Assurance and Control Needs

Product testing is the ideal way to identify a product’s potential before the product development process. That eliminates the risk of developing undesirable products, which could be costly and time-consuming down the road.

We partner with global agencies and offer a full range of testing and certification services including new product development, pre-assessment, gap analysis, batch testing and full compliance testing.

Product Testing

GCAS provides high standard quality assurance and control services, such as

• Testing;
• Certification and Approvals;
• Consultancy and Regulatory Review:
• Inspection and audits

CE Mark Approval

GCAS can assist for your product to comply with EU safety, health and environmental requirements and how to place a CE marking on your product. The CE mark indicates a product with EU legislation and so enables the free movement of products in the market.

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Management System Certification

Management System Certification

Formal Management System Certification – Burden or Benefit?

GCAS Certification Process

GCAS has offered independent, impartial assessment & certification and many of the leading companies choose us for their Management System Certification Assurance needs.

GCAS assessors are industry experts and specialists matched with your business needs and trained to deliver effective and value-added audits of your systems, ensuring they complement and help you achieve your business goals and objectives.

GCAS provides services with an independent view of client business processes and specific market advantage that our clients recognize.

GCAS approach ensures our assessments focus on the areas and issues that are important to client business, helping to improve performance and reduce business risk.

GCAS goal is to be recognized as the preferred provider of  Management System Certification Assurance services that deliver tangible improvement and value to our clients.

Management Systems and Requirements

The biggest piece of the ISO standards is the creation and execution of management system certifications. These frameworks are utilized to convey client reputation to the customers, consumers and business communities.

GCAS ensures our assessments focus on the areas and issues that are important to client business, helping to improve performance and reduce business risk.

GCAS offer independent, impartial assessment & certification and many of the leading companies choose us for their Management System Assurance needs. GCAS assessors are industry experts and specialists matched with your business needs and trained to deliver effective and value-added audits of your systems, ensuring they complement and help you achieve your business goals and objectives.

GCAS provides services with an independent view of client business processes and specific market advantage that our clients recognize.

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Green Building & LEED

Green Building & LEED

3LEED Consulting, Energy Modeling & Commissioning, Made Easy & Affordable.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for the environmentally sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings and neighborhoods.

Environmentally conscious construction previously a niche market interest has become a dominant societal topic and an important market trend in the building sector. Every category of construction product is being affected by the trend.

GCAS offer below consultancy services on Green Buildings for New construction and for Existing Buildings.

LEED Consultancy

Our consultancy services on Green Buildings for New construction and for Existing Buildings fully comply with US Green Building guidelines as well as other local authority requirements.Through our easy step-by-step, we assist your team with the selection, assessment and verification of design strategies. And then prepare & submit the required documentation.

Building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

GCAS can produce a Life Cycle Impact Profile for your building and offer you a comprehensive online tool to drive building current and future improvements. With this information, you can plan and apply new strategies and options to reduce environmental and human health impacts before committing resources.

Energy Modeling

Building information modeling is changing how buildings are planned, designed, built and managed. Utilizing cutting-edge design analysis and verification engineering software, we deliver powerful metric-based building strategy performance data.

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

Manufacturers that serve commercial, institutional and other non-residential clients are increasingly being asked to supply products for green building projects. Customers expect their suppliers to have some knowledge about green programs such as LEED and Green Globes.

GCAS can guide you through the process and get your EPD into the public domain. We have the LCA experience and technical expertise necessary to produce an LCA that can withstand the scrutiny of verification. Our working relationships with EPD certification organizations help to get EPDs developed and published efficiently.

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Sustainability Solutions

Sustainability Solutions

Why is demonstrating environmental sustainability important?

Demonstrating environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly important to businesses, and we are often seeing sustainability strategies incorporated into the business plan. This is largely due to pressures from consumers and other stakeholders who now want to know that the businesses they deal with are “eco-friendly”.  An increasing consumer awareness of environmental issues is pushing businesses to be more proactive in developing sustainable practices, and the most proactive businesses are the ones that are more likely to succeed.

GCAS provides Consultancy Solutions in the area of sustainability strategy, corporate social responsibility and policy support. Our approach always focuses on the context and needs of each individual client, and we use the most effective methods, metrics and data to address those needs. Life Cycle Assessment and Foot Printing are part of the methods. We have experience in the energy, construction, metals, chemical industry, and across the public and private sectors.

We also offer tailor-made workshops in the area of supply chain sustainability, life-cycle assessment, and carbon footprinting,

GCAS Service Offerings;

Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Companies are more and more expected to take responsibility for social and environmental issues in their supply chain. We analyze supply chains of organizations to identify how key sustainability issues are being managed.

• Supply chain assessment
• Sustainable supply chain management systems
• Sustainable Supply Chain Management Trainings
• Monitoring services

Strategic Planning

• Sustainability Strategy Development

Performance Improvement and Implementation

• Sustainable Procurement
• Sustainable Products
• Carbon footprint
• Life cycle assessment (LCA)

Reporting

• Sustainability reporting – GRI Reporting

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