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What is a Transformation Target in Circularity?

A transformation target is a specific goal to achieve a transformation in how something is done. For example, we may not have the technology to assemble solar panels without an adhesive so they can be 100% recyclable without using hazardous materials, but by focusing on the target, we can develop that specific technology. The transformation can be an industry (logistics), a process (manufacturing), or even a way of thinking (Life Cycle Thinking). Transformation targets are important because they measure progress toward the circular economy and allow for measurement along the way.

Transformation targets are one of the essential components of the circular economy. They lead to a company's success in the circular economy, and they are what companies should focus on when they're trying to make their business more sustainable. Of course, being efficient and saving materials or energy is good, but the transformation is the leap towards a new way of manufacturing, transporting, or owning a good.

A transformation target is a measurable goal that a company sets for itself. It's something you can use to track your progress towards becoming a more sustainable business, giving you something specific to work towards.

Transformation targets help companies set themselves up for long-term success by ensuring that their goals are realistic and achievable, making it easier for them to stay motivated and keep moving forward. For example, there is no mechanical method for manufacturing a solar panel, but the company that reengineers its processes to make that goal a reality will not only save resources (adhesive) and reduce hazardous substances (adhesive) but will also transform the solar panel recycling industry by creating the ability for solar panels to be recycled. Currently, only a small portion can be recycled, which does not include the most energy-intensive part, the solar cells. By changing the design and making the panel 100% recyclable, the manufacturer is opening the possibility of recycling all components of the panel, creating markets and recycling businesses for those components currently not recycled, and adding the need for a return logistics network to handle all the recycling and remanufacturing of the components. So, in the end, transformation targets are about more than saving materials like the adhesive in the solar panel, but about transforming the recycling market for solar panels.

Denice Viktoria Staaf

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