How we at Cyrkl helped to save more than a million tons of CO₂

25. 5 .2022, Vlada Plotnikova

The biggest European digital marketplace for waste and residuals - Cyrkl could have helped more than 13 thousand companies to save 1 578 768 t of CO₂ for the last 12 months by turning waste into resources. In more than 10 countries, around 150 000 t of CO₂ could have been prevented from entering the atmosphere just thanks to Cyrkl.

Using CO Calculation Savings, Cyrkl specialists got impressive results: 159 376 t of CO emissions was saved, which, if not traded through Cyrkl, would probably not be recycled and end up in landfill or incineration. Overall, with the help of Cyrkl, 1 578 768 t of CO was prevented from entering the atmosphere. Both numbers were calculated for the last 12 months, and they’re growing every upcoming week. The numbers are also displayed on the home page and present the current situation with the reduction of CO emissions.

Cyrkl is an international technology company whose primary mission is to bring the principles of circular economics to waste management through innovative technologies, working on turning waste into resources.

CO Calculation Savings

CO Calculation Savings - the methodology which allows for counting the amount of CO savings by the companies. Lucia Škulcová, who came out with a robust method on how to get the most precise figures in CO Calculation Savings, says: “Cyrkl’s contribution to the society is quantified not only in terms of the number of waste materials that are traded through our marketplace or the financial savings that companies make but also in terms of environmental savings expressed as tonnes of CO equivalent. The resulting CO2eq savings achieved were calculated based on data on the total amount of waste materials traded through the Cyrkl Marketplace, statistical data on the generation and treatment of waste in the European Union (source Eurostat), and data on the greenhouse gas emissions specific to each waste material and the way in which these materials are managed (i.e., recycling, incineration, landfilling).”

Steps of the circular waste management

There are 6 steps of the circular waste management taken by Cyrkl for reducing CO emissions: The first principle is the prevention of the creation of waste and its minimization - sorting waste to its recyclable components. The second principle is waste sorting while using two main paths: organisational and technological - there is often an interesting financing potential hidden in waste. The third principle is the closed recycling principle, which maximises revenues from the material value, and at the same time, the costs of transactions are minimised, which leads companies to the savings of up to 70% of annual expenses. The following principle deals with reducing transactional costs by finding the best business partner: the trade of waste done digitally and effectively. The fifth principle suggests using secondary raw materials for production. The sixth and last principle deals with analysing the composition of products and their recyclability. Especially plastic products are being widely examined today regarding their recyclability, and it is not always true that 100% recyclability of a given product means actual recyclability. Using all these principles leads companies to reduce CO emissions.

CO savings for a more sustainable future

Reducing CO emissions has a positive impact on ecology: it benefits the air quality and helps to slow down climate change. Cyril Klepek, CEO of Cyrkl: “Every single year, the global economy consumes about 100 gigatonnes of virgin materials when recycling only less than one-tenth of it. At the same time, 70% of all global greenhouse gas emissions are related to material handling and use. At Cyrkl, we are happy to show that circular materials handling is a crucial step towards sustainability and our CO reduction plans.”

Today, Cyrkl allows more than 13000 companies to sell, buy and identify waste and material flows, to help them make significant financial savings and reduce more than a million tons of CO. The largest digital waste platform in Europe aims to transform waste into resources following the circular economy principles. 

‐ Vlada Plotnikova

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