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Measuring the circularity of a product, service or project must be the goal of all companies to know types and amounts of resources used, the economy and/or diseconomy generated by the product chain.

STRATEGIC APPROACHES
Circularity measurement can be applied to different levels and contexts. Before measuring the circularity of a product or service, preliminary evaluations can be carried out in order to know, quantify and qualify the types of resources used. As Matrec we have constantly supported companies towards innovative improvement actions to choice of environmentally sustainable and circular materials. This has been done by defining three main strategic approaches:

  •  Company Materials Mapping (Material Capital): quantification and qualification of the total material resources purchased by the company annually for the performance of its activities: products, services and projects.
  • Product Materials Mapping: quantification and qualification of material resources used for the production and implementation of individual products, services and projects.
  • Circular Economy Performance: quantification of the resources used in input and output considering the entire life cycle of individual products, services and projects. The result is a material and economic balance that measures the amount of resources used compared to those returned to the system at the end of its life: recycling, landfill, energy recovery and compost.

In order to systematize the three actions mentioned above, facilitate the methods of analysis and evaluation of results and make measurable the different results obtained, we have developed two fundamental tools for a concrete, practical and innovative approach to the circular economy:
1. Materials Mapping Tool
2. Circular Economy Tool

With this new service we support companies to evaluate and measure the circularity of materials, products and projects toward improvement actions for an optimal and efficient use of resources. The results can be validated/certified by a third party and supported with a report for communication on the market.

1. MATERIALS MAPPING TOOL (MMT)
MMT is an instrument that allows you to measure the Material Capital of the company and the circularity performance of the materials used to create a product or service.
With MMT you can:
– define customized normalization values according to the company’s priorities,
– define an Product Company Performance Index,
– compare the circularity and economic characteristics of different materials,
– quantify the types of resources used annually by the company or by individual product,
– identify any critical issues and take action to improve the choice of materials,
– certify the results and obtain a report on “efficient use of resources”.
All results are identified with indicators in terms of: Kg, %, €
MMT functionalities can be integrated into companies’ management systems.

2.MMT EN2. CIRCULAR ECONOMY TOOL (CET)
The CET is a tool that allows you to measure the circularity of a product or service by evaluating the entire life cycle: input-output.
With MMT you can:
– obtain a precise picture of the efficient use of the resources employed from a material and economic point of view, taking into consideration all the pillars of the circular economy,
– identify any critical issues and take action to improve them,
– certify the results and obtain a circularity report.
All results are identified with indicators in terms of: Kg, %, €
Through CET it is possible to carry out circularity evaluations comparing products with products-services, and define design strategies for new business models.

3.CET EN