Industries across the world are aware of the impact of their consumption. The production of waste has correlated with the release of emissions into the atmosphere. The UN’s announcement that responsible energy consumption should be the default approach makes sense to industries keen to protect the planet and avoid reputational damage.

The circular economy model is right at the heart of the solution: a process in which waste is eliminated and the constant use and recycling of resources is encouraged. But this approach must bring clear business value if it is to be implemented across whole industries, and relied on through thick and thin.

Sage research shows three-quarters of manufacturing and distribution organisations have a circular-economy strategy already; their prioritisation of green processes is a strong first step. Now, they should look to technology to strengthen their approach to waste, through reducing costs and bringing benefits to the business...