Tech Roadmap: Circular Economy Digital Solutions

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Executive Summary

Verdantix calculations put the market size for circular economy digital solutions at $468 million in 2021; it is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 27% to reach over $1.7 billion by 2027 (see Verdantix Market Size And Forecast: Circular Economy Digital Solutions 2021-2027 (Global)). Sustainability and ESG leaders, and product managers responsible for selecting technologies to support circular economy processes, systems and objectives, as well as marketing executives and budget-holders, should use this report to identify technologies that can add value to their operations. Verdantix conducted a fact-based assessment of digital circular economy solutions designed to support firms in the transition to a circular economy. This Tech Roadmap outlines the business value, pace of innovation and maturity of 13 digital circular economy solutions: supply chain sustainability software; carbon management software; EHS software; ESG reporting software; reuse marketplaces; waste analytics software; product lifecycle assessment software; extended reality technology for repair and maintenance; product and materials traceability solutions; smart recycling bins; reverse logistics solutions; product lifecycle management software; and lifecycle inventories. 

Table of contents

Tech Roadmap Analysis As A Tool For Managers And Vendors
Key Questions Answered By The Tech Roadmap Analysis
Tech Roadmap Analysis Aligns With Circular Economy Solutions
Tech Roadmap Analysis For Circular Economy Solutions
Defining The Market
Tech Roadmap Methodology
Five Market Phases Of Technology Maturity
Three Technology Life Cycles Differentiate Business Value
Technology Adoption And Market Success Influence Positioning
Pace Of Innovation Determines Time To Next Life Cycle Phase
Circular Economy Solutions In The Launch Phase
Smart Recycling Bins
Extended Reality Technology For Repair And Maintenance
Waste Analytics Software
Product and Materials Traceability Solutions
Circular Economy Solutions In The Growth Phase
Carbon Management Software
Supply Chain Sustainability Software
ESG Reporting Software
Reverse Logistics Solutions
Reuse Marketplaces
Circular Economy Solutions In The Maturity Phase
Product Lifecycle Management Software
Product Lifecycle Assessment Software
Lifecycle Inventories
EHS Software


Table of figures

Figure 1. Tech Roadmap Technology Definitions
Figure 2. Tech Roadmap For Circular Economy Digital Solutions

Organisations mentioned

12Return, 3E (Toxnot), Achilles, Acty, Alcumus, Altermaker, Amazon, AMCS Group, AMP Robotics, APlanet, Aravo, Arc’teryx, Archer Integrated Risk Management, Assent Compliance, Atelier Riforma, Atheer,, Autodesk, AVEVA, Axil Integrated Services, Back Market, Backacia, Benchmark Gensuite, Bigbelly, BillionGroup, Bin-e, Brochesia, CANCOM, Carbon Analytics, Cerclos, Circul8,, CircularIQ, Circularise, Circulor, cirplus, Clarity AI, CleanMetrics, CleanRobotics, CLEVR, Cloverly, Columbia Property Trust, Compology, Conservice ESG, Cority, Creo Design, Cummins, Dakota Software, Dassault Systèmes, DCVC, Depop, DevonWay, DHL, Digimarc, Diginex, Diligent Corporation, DNV , EarthShift Global, Ecochain, ecoInvent, Ecometrica, EcoMundo, EcoOnline, ecoPortal, EcoTree, EcoVadis, eCycle, EDP, Electrobac,, Enablon, Enevo, ENGIE, Enviromate, Envizi, ESG Playbook, ethiXbase, Etsy, Everstream Analytics, EvoEco, Evotix, Evreka, Excess Materials Exchange, FedEx, Fieldbit, FigBytes, FixFirst, FLIR Systems, geofluxus, Globechain, GoodsTag, GREENbimlabs, GreenDelta, Greenly, Greenomy, Greenstone, Greyparrot, Grover, H&M, Higg, HSI, IBM, Ideagen, IKEA, IntegrityNext, Intelex, INX , iPoint-systems, IsoMetrix, JoinPad, Kashi, Kellogg Company, Kezzler, Kognitiv Spark, KURZ Digital, Landbell Group, Lasso, Levi’s, Librestream, Lixo, Lizee, Loop, Loopcycle, Madaster, Makersite, Measurabl, MESA Group, Metalshub, Microsoft, Narvar, NASDAQ, NAVEX Global, Newmine, Nona Source, Normative, Novisto, Nyala Blue, oculavis, Ombori, One Click LCA, OneStream, OneTRust, OnProcess, Optoro, Oracle, Organix, Origami Risk, Ortec Finance, Persefoni, Plaex, Planetly, Platship, Plow & Hearth, Plutomen, Poshmark, Position Green, ProcessMAP, PSQR, PTC, Qliktag, Quentic, Realwear, ReBound, recircular, Reconomy Group, Recycle Track Systems, Recycleye, Recyda, Recykal, Remote Eye, Rent the Runway, RepRisk, Resilio, Resourcify, Re-Teck, Returnly, ReverseLogix, Rheaply, riskmethods, RoadRunner Recycling, Rogers Electric & Machine, Rubicon Global, Rubicon Marketplace, SAI360 Global, Salesforce, SAP, Scantrust, Schneider Electric, Scope AR, ScrapAd, Scrapo, Selerant, Senseoneo, Servicemax, ServiceNow, Siemens, SimaPro, SINAI Technologies, SiteHawk,, Solar Outdoor Media, Solid Forest, Source Intelligence, Sourceful, Sphera, StarTex, Sweep, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), TeamViewer, TenForce, TerraCycle, The Carlyle Group, The RealReal, thinkstep, thredUP, Tracifier, Trimble, True Twins, Ubimax, UL Solutions, UnaTerra, UNISOT, UPS, Upskill, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), UtilityAR, VelocityEHS, Vestiaire Collective, VIA Analytics, Vinted, VisiumKMS, Vital Enterprises, VitalMetrics, VSight, Vuzix, Walmart, Watershed, WayCarbon, WeSort.AI, Wideum, Workiva, Worldfavor, XMReality, Yeti

About the authors

Jessie Wilson

Jessie is an Analyst in the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice. Her current research agenda spans areas such as ESG reporting, the circular economy and supply chain sustainability. Prior to joining Verdantix, Jessie graduated from the University of Bristol with First Class Honours in BSc Geography and French. Her dissertation was on achieving a circular economy for plastics with reusable packaging.

Guy Lewis

Industry Analyst
Guy is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice. He currently leads research on circular economy software and services and supports research across several other ESG and sustainability themes. Prior to joining Verdantix, Guy was an energy specialist helping to optimize member experience, through which he gained knowledge of both operations and smart technologies. Guy holds a BA in Geography from the University of Manchester, with a placement year at the University of Queensland.

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability
Kimberly Knickle is Research Director of the ESG & Sustainability practice at Verdantix. Her research areas encompass ESG regulations and reporting, ESG risk, supply chain sustainability, circular economy, social impact, and sustainable finance. Kim has worked for more than 20 years in the IT industry, providing research and analysis to help companies invest wisely in new technologies. Before joining the analyst industry, she held various roles in IT services, engineering and product safety testing, beginning her career at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Kim holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell.

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