Diagnosis Tool
Introduction

The ZW&CE Diagnosis Tool is a useful self-assessment tool for companies (in particular SMEs) that helps them to investigate opportunities for circular economy and zero waste solutions in their specific context. The company can identify the most effective opportunities for improvements in terms of circularity as well as the overall sustainability performance, and choose the most effective leverage points and feasible measures leading to both an improvement in circularity and efficient allocation of its limited resources.
In order to optimize improvement measures and actions, it is important to review the whole system of a business in a consistent way; therefore, all levels of a company are assessed in a systematic way, including the physical level (products, production processes), as well as the governance level (business strategy, stakeholder relations and status of collaboration).

In order to capture all opportunities, as well as the recommended practices for decreasing waste generation and increasing the circularity of processes, products and businesses in general, the Diagnosis Tool Model was created, consisting of two sections.

First section: Internal opportunities, referring to:

  • Processes – represented by the main practices that are influencing their resource efficiency: how materials are used, how waste is generated, what is the level of technology and automation, what are the management processes, personnel trainingand awarenessraising, and monitoring and analysis;
  • Products – how the resource use perspectiveis taken into account, including possibilities for lifetime extension and recyclability, and possible product design for circularity.

Second section: External opportunities, referring to:

  • Circular business model opportunities from the perspective of circular design, optimal use and value recovery perspectives;
  • Collaboration models with partners from the value chain (customers and suppliers), and other actors such as other industries and government.

You can download the Diagnosis Tool user manual as well as a practical example:

An offline excel version is also available with related documentation. The whole package can be downloaded hereafter:

Process - Prioritization
   
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  Planning and monitoring Not important
Very important Personnel and training Not important
Very important Technology and digitalization Not important
Very important Resource use and waste logistics Not important
Very important
Process - Questions:

The company has a dedicated person (waste manager) responsible for waste management practices including waste prevention and minimisation and circularity aspects.

The company sets waste management and/or circularity-related targets, and regularly monitors, analyses and evaluates them.

The company has technological planning and maintenance programmes to reduce the mass of waste and minimise defects and losses.

The company uses alternative input materials (e.g. sustainably-sourced renewable materials, secondary materials, recycled water, renewable energy, etc.).

The company has introduced a „first in first out“ rule and regularly tracks expiration dates of material resources stock.

The company investigates how the generated waste could be used either internally or by another company as a by-product.

Automation and control as well as suitable IT and digital systems are in place to support waste minimisation and circularity of the company.

The company regularly trains employees to increase their awareness in waste minimisation, waste separation and circularity aspects.

Products - Prioritization
   
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  Product lifetime Not important
Very important Reuse and recycling Not important
Very important Materials consumption and logistics Not important
Very important Energy and water consumption Not important
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Products - Questions:

Company's products are designed in a way to optimise their lifetime (e.g. durable materials, timeless design, modularity, upgrades, strong product-user relation).

Company's products can be easily maintained and repaired (e.g. easy dismantling, availability of spare and affordable parts and repair services, use of standard tools, choice of connecting elements).

Company's products are designed for reuse (durability, no fashion dependency, value), refurbishment (see previous line) or remanufacturing (stable technology, upgradeability, reverse logistics).

Company's products are designed in a way that they can be easily recycled/composted at the end of their lifetime (variety and compatibility of materials, no contaminants, easiness of dismantling, etc.)

The company considers circularity aspects of logistics and packaging (e.g. reusable packaging, reverse logistics, transport efficiency through proper dimensioning of the product).

The company evaluates (and minimises) consumption of materials related to the whole product life cycle (e.g. no oversizing, reduced or no packaging).

The company evaluates (and minimises) consumption of energy related to the whole product life cycle.

The company evaluates (and minimises) consumption of water related to the whole product life cycle.

Business model - Prioritization
   
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  Management Practices Not important
Very important Circular Design Models Not important
Very important Optimal Use Not important
Very important Value Recovery Not important
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Business model - Questions:

The company has a circular economy implementation plan.

The company offers circular economy related training.

Company's business model considers circular products (i.e. products designed for end-of-life by making them easy to maintain, repair, upgrade, refurbish or remanufacture).

The company delivers long-product life with high levels of guarantees and service and a high upfront price.

The company provides consumables, spare parts and add-ons to support the lifecycle of long lasting product.

The company delivers product access instead of the product itself, while retaining ownership of the product. This could be a combination of product and services, meaning single user uses the product (leasing, renting).

The company recaptures components and materials and use them in its processes.

The company transforms waste into raw materials? Additional revenue can be created through pioneer work in recycling technology.

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Very important Industry Collaboration Not important
Very important Customer Consumer Collaboration Not important
Very important Government Collaboration Not important
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Collaboration - Questions:

There are internal initiatives to identify circular solution reffering to processes, products or business model.

There are initiatives in sharing company's assests and resources with neighboring companies.

The company collaborates with R&D units or experts to identify circular solutions reffering to processes, products or business model.

The company collaborates with end-customers or corporate customers on circular economy topics.

The company explores the customers interest in circular economy solutions for its products.

The company engages with suppliers to increase sourcing based on circular economy principles.

The company engages with external investors/financiers on circular economy topics.

The company engages with policymakers to support the transition to a circular economy.

Analysis of qualitative part

In this table is evaluated the balance between your current performance in qualitative parts and the importance of a particular aspect you provided. Color coding gradually evolve from red to green according your result. High importance in an aspect should match with a Good performance in the related qualitative part, and vice-versa. In the case they don't match, the user can pass the mouse pointer over the result and be informed about why it is unbalanced.

Qualitative question
Qualitative score
Weight of qualitative question
Area
process
The company has a dedicated person (waste manager) responsible for waste management practices including waste prevention and minimisation and circularity aspects.
Personnel and training
The company sets waste management and/or circularity-related targets, and regularly monitors, analyses and evaluates them.
Planning and monitoring
The company has technological planning and maintenance programmes to reduce the mass of waste and minimise defects and losses.
Technology and digitalization
The company uses alternative input materials (e.g. sustainably-sourced renewable materials, secondary materials, recycled water, renewable energy, etc.).
Resource use and waste logistics
The company has introduced a „first in first out“ rule and regularly tracks expiration dates of material resources stock.
Planning and monitoring
The company investigates how the generated waste could be used either internally or by another company as a by-product.
Resource use and waste logistics
Automation and control as well as suitable IT and digital systems are in place to support waste minimisation and circularity of the company.
Technology and digitalization
The company regularly trains employees to increase their awareness in waste minimisation, waste separation and circularity aspects.
Personnel and training
product
Company's products are designed in a way to optimise their lifetime (e.g. durable materials, timeless design, modularity, upgrades, strong product-user relation).
Product lifetime
Company's products can be easily maintained and repaired (e.g. easy dismantling, availability of spare and affordable parts and repair services, use of standard tools, choice of connecting elements).
Product lifetime
Company's products are designed for reuse (durability, no fashion dependency, value), refurbishment (see previous line) or remanufacturing (stable technology, upgradeability, reverse logistics).
Reuse and recycling
Company's products are designed in a way that they can be easily recycled/composted at the end of their lifetime (variety and compatibility of materials, no contaminants, easiness of dismantling, etc.)
Reuse and recycling
The company considers circularity aspects of logistics and packaging (e.g. reusable packaging, reverse logistics, transport efficiency through proper dimensioning of the product).
Materials consumption and logistics
The company evaluates (and minimises) consumption of materials related to the whole product life cycle (e.g. no oversizing, reduced or no packaging).
Materials consumption and logistics
The company evaluates (and minimises) consumption of energy related to the whole product life cycle.
Energy and water consumption
The company evaluates (and minimises) consumption of water related to the whole product life cycle.
Energy and water consumption
business
The company has a circular economy implementation plan.
Management practices
The company offers circular economy related training.
Management practices
Company's business model considers circular products (i.e. products designed for end-of-life by making them easy to maintain, repair, upgrade, refurbish or remanufacture).
Circular design models
The company delivers long-product life with high levels of guarantees and service and a high upfront price.
Circular design models
The company provides consumables, spare parts and add-ons to support the lifecycle of long lasting product.
Optimal Use
The company delivers product access instead of the product itself, while retaining ownership of the product. This could be a combination of product and services, meaning single user uses the product (leasing, renting).
Optimal Use
The company recaptures components and materials and use them in its processes.
Value recovery
The company transforms waste into raw materials? Additional revenue can be created through pioneer work in recycling technology.
Value recovery
collaboration
There are internal initiatives to identify circular solution reffering to processes, products or business model.
Internal collaboration
There are initiatives in sharing company's assests and resources with neighboring companies.
Industry collaboration
The company collaborates with R&D units or experts to identify circular solutions reffering to processes, products or business model.
Government collaboration
The company collaborates with end-customers or corporate customers on circular economy topics.
Customer consumer collaboration
The company explores the customers interest in circular economy solutions for its products.
Customer consumer collaboration
The company engages with suppliers to increase sourcing based on circular economy principles.
Internal collaboration
The company engages with external investors/financiers on circular economy topics.
Industry collaboration
The company engages with policymakers to support the transition to a circular economy.
Government collaboration
Evaluation
      Process Product Circular Business Model Collaboration Calculated importance of basic categories Product Process Product Circular Business Model Collaboration
 
 
  Process Product Circular Business Model Collaboration Potential of basic categories
 
 
 
 
 
 
Download Summary

You can download the summary of your input as well as the output on a PDF format by clicking on the "Download PDF" button. The PDF is automatically generated based on your selection from previous tabs, you can therefore submit multiple form and get the summary report for each of them

      Process Product Circular Business Model Collaboration Calculated importance of basic categories Product Process Product Circular Business Model Collaboration