The concept of a circular economy entails gradually decoupling economic activity and growth from the use of finite resources. It is based on the principles of reducing waste and pollution through innovative design, keeping materials in use and regenerating natural systems.
Developing more sustainable plastic packaging
Plastic materials have developed a negative reputation due to low recycling rates and their leakage in the environment. Unfortunately, alternatives to plastics are not always sustainable. Ensuring the responsible use of this material therefore requires a coordinated response from all stakeholders involved in the plastics lifecycle, increasing the number of products made from recycled materials or, where this is not feasible, designing products that can be processed efficiently to maximise material recovery through waste management and recycling. Investment in new packaging designs and technologies is an essential part of this shift.
Weener Plastics (‘WP’) is a leading manufacturer of innovative plastic packaging systems for fast moving consumer goods companies. It supplies the world’s leading A-brands and private label players and focuses on the design, development and manufacturing of value added caps, valve closures and roll-on balls for the personal care, food and beverage, and home care market.
WP is fully committed to playing an active role in supporting the transformation to a circular economy. The company has set out a clear ambition for all of its products to be recyclable, re-usable or re-fillable by 2025, with zero waste to landfill by the same date. To achieve these ambitions, WP published a Design for Sustainability strategy focused on:
Since first investing in 2015, we have supported WP’s investments in R&D and in a number of bolt-on acquisitions which have broadened its product portfolio and geographic reach.
Reducing the environmental impact of IT equipment
The manufacture, use and disposal of IT equipment can have a high impact on the environment. A single server requires the equivalent of 660 trees to absorb the CO2 emissions associated with its manufacture and c.50 million tonnes of e-waste are produced globally each year. Reducing the environmental footprint of IT equipment can therefore have a material positive impact.
Headquartered in France, Evernex maintains IT equipment that is critical for customers’ business continuity, with full coverage of all equipment (servers, storage and network) and all OEMs. The business maintains over 220,000 IT systems across the world. Its model is built on finding eco-friendly solutions for its clients so that they can manage their IT infrastructure with the lowest environmental impact.
Evernex works with its clients to:
Since first investing in Evernex in 2019, we have funded the company’s further growth and development, notably through the acquisition of Technogroup, the leading third-party IT maintenance player in the DACH region.
Recovering and reusing energy and raw materials from waste
Waste is a significant issue worldwide, and growing volumes of waste are being generated as global populations, living standards and consumption increase.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, for over 90 years Attero has been active in recovering and reusing energy and raw materials from waste. Attero owns energy from waste plants, sorting and pretreatment facilities, anaerobic digestion facilities, composting facilities and landfill sites. The company processes waste from a diverse mix of domestic municipalities, commercial and industrial customers, as well as a number of UK and Irish exporters. As an important player in the recycling of plastics in Europe, Attero makes a significant contribution to the development to a circular economy for plastics.
HERAmbiente is the largest player in the Italian waste treatment and disposal market, with over 90 waste treatment and disposal plants, and a strong and stable market position in its home region of Emilia Romagna and more broadly in Northern and Central Italy. It recycles materials, generates electricity from the waste that cannot be recycled, and sells biogas from landfills.