Services and Capabilities

Circular economies

Influencing systemic change for a sustainable future

As global supply chains and international markets increasingly focus on sustainability, policy frameworks and production models must find ways to maintain economic output and increase the efficiency of resource consumption.  To find opportunities for increased stability, one must analyze a multitude of energy systems—consumption of raw materials, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, land use, and other key variables of economic activity.

With our clients and partners, RTI focuses on opportunities to maximize manufacturing efficiencies, reutilize materials, transition to sustainable energy sources, maintain and enhance ecosystem services, and reduce carbon footprints. Our advisory capacities can help policymakers create conditions to catalyze new markets for product reuse, design circular business models that reinvest the residual value of advanced energy technologies upon reaching their end-of-life (EOL), and more.  

Our expertise includes model development and EOL roadmap creation, both critical to assessing and accurately informing processes, standards, and legislation. Building on our research on recycling rare earth metals, we can develop and disseminate EOL management frameworks for new and existing advanced energy projects. With the ADEPT tool, developed by RTI for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we can estimate the quantity and composition of waste, and its potential value, and create country-level renewable energy EOL roadmaps. These roadmaps are tailored to specific needs to systematize decommissioning procedures, set key targets for reuse and recycling goals, and recruit private sector partners to pilot reuse. 

Advancing circular economies will remain critical to sustainability, and we are committed to collaborating with our partners in support of a sustainable future.