Circular economy consultancy

What is a circular economy? 

A circular economy stands for an economic model with positive society wide benefits. A circular economy entails decoupling economic activity from consumption of finite resources and designing out waste. All of the above underpinned by a transition towards renewable energy sources. A circular economy is based on three principles; designing out waste, keeping products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems.

Our circular economy consulting

For us innovation is our path and impact and growth are our destinations. We understand that scale in a circular economy is not primarily about organizational growth but about social and environmental impact. Because we understand the urgency, opportunity and need to transition to a circular economy we have invested in our own team of circular economy consultants and experts. Like the rest of our organization, our circular economy team turns ideas into working innovations.

Philips and circular economy

Philips Engineering Solutions is part of an organization that is widely recognized for its role as a sustainability leader, is one of industry’s leaders in adopting circular economy principles and is front runner in developing circular offers like refurbished MRI systems, lighting-as-a-service (now Signify) and applying recycled plastics.

Realize value in a circular economy 

Philips is proof that companies can do well and good at the same time. Through our work with think-tanks like the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in coalitions and across our own business our consultants have learned that circular initiatives help to

  • increase business growth,
  • stay competitive,
  • reduce risk,
  • engage talent and customers
  • build trust across our wide network of stakeholders.

Key area of expertise

Environment, Health & Safety ›

Our circular economy competences

Philips Engineering Solutions has a pool of senior experts that can help your business to speed-up your transition towards a circular company. We are happy to help you with:

  • Circular value proposition creation to create compelling circular offers to your customers
  • Circular business model innovation to make the shift to performance- and access based business, including circular elements like costs of return logistics and re-processing and additional turnovers from new markets. This allows you to identify the best financial model.
  • Circular design/architecture and platform creation aimed at design for recyclability, repair, refurbishment, re-manufacturing
  • Finding attractive waste-recycling options and application of recycled plastics in your product portfolio
  • Reverse supply chain management to recover and re-purpose consumables and hardware

Case study

Philips Engineering Solutions helps Philips Hospital Patient Monitoring accelerate shift to a circular economy

A circular economy is high priority at Philips. They aim to generate 25% of sales from circular products, services and solutions by 2025. To accelerate progress, Philips Hospital Patient Monitoring turned to Philips Engineering Solutions.

Together a multidisciplinary team developed a circular economy roadmap, which has since become the blueprint for sustainability roadmaps in other Philips businesses.

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What we offer

Workshop “Design for circular economy”

Are you interested in understanding how the circular economy can improve the competitiveness and profitability of your business? This engaging workshop will help you understand and identify exiting opportunities to capitalize on the circular economy.

Strategic deep-dive

2-to-3 week multi-disciplinary strategic deep-dives on your product portfolio to identify key business opportunities, develop a roadmap and start capitalizing on existing projects to gain quick wins.


Customized projects

Dedicated multi-disciplinary projects using our pool of circular economy competences.

Circular economy in the spotlight

You can do circular production in two different ways: from recycling and for recycling.

Recently, our circular economy and supply chain management experts Thijs Maartens and Hans Leijen, shared their valuable insights and learnings on building circular supply chains. Which is a key enabler for successful deployment of circular business.

During a recent webinar our circular economy experts, Thijs Maartens and Francesco De Fazio shared their valuable insights and learnings on making the shift to circular through design for disassembly.

We’ve been doing things the linear way for years. Changing to a circular model makes it a different ball game.

Circular economy is currently the magic word in the sustainability arena. And, as is often the case with new sustainability concepts, be it dematerialization, cradle-to-cradle or permanent materials, there is always a need to measure it with indicators.

If the business relevance and data infrastructure are not assessed they may introduce unnecessary costs. Which life cycle approach is ideal for you?

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