PUBLISHER: DataM Intelligence | PRODUCT CODE: 1423508
PUBLISHER: DataM Intelligence | PRODUCT CODE: 1423508
Global Digital Circular Economy Market reached US$ 1.8 Billion in 2023 and is expected to reach US$ 10.0 Billion by 2031, growing with a CAGR of 24.1% during the forecast period 2024-2031.
Businesses are adopting circular economy models as a result of consumer and corporate preference for goods and services that are in line with sustainable and environmentally friendly practices globally. Reusing, refurbishing and recycling goods may save costs and improve operational efficiency, as significant firms in the industry are beginning to realize. In addition, the application of stringent environmental laws and policies promotes the adoption of sustainable corporate practices and the circular economy.
The growing technological advancement in the digital circular economy helps to boost market growth of the digital circular economy market over the forecast period. For instance, on June 21, 2023, Capgemini and Amazon Web Services introduced Lifecycle Optimization for Aerospace during the International Paris Air Show. The platform aims to expedite the integration of circular economy principles within the aviation sector by automating the inspection process.
Europe is a dominating region in the market due to the growing government initiatives to promote a digital circular economy. The Circular Economy (CE) stands as a primary focus within the European Green Deal, serving as a key component of the twin transitions in Europe. According to the European Green Deal, digitalization can enhance the accessibility of information regarding the attributes of products sold within the EU. For example, an electronic product passport could furnish details about a product's source, composition, repair and disassembly options and how it should be handled at the end of its lifecycle.
Growing Technological Advancements
Innovation in the field of the digital circular economy is being propelled by the rapid advancement of technology. By utilizing cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence and Internet of Things, these options offer the door to more effective and seamless circular operations. For instance, real-time tracking and monitoring of materials and products throughout their entire lifespan is made possible in large part by IoT technology. Increased visibility promotes supply chain transparency, which enhances resource management and reduces waste.
Internationally, diverse digital technologies facilitate the transmission of information alongside a product. The technologies empower the identification of a product and enable the capturing, storing, sharing and analysis of data throughout its entire lifecycle. To trace and recognize a product, two categories of technologies are available: attached or embedded anchors.
The anchors may take the form of physical or digital entities (like Radio Frequency Identification or printed electronics) or biological elements. For instance, P&G is testing digital watermarks, tiny codes the size of postage stamps, discreetly applied to consumer goods packaging surfaces. The codes can be identified and decoded using a standard high-resolution camera on a waste sorting line. Another illustration is seen in the office furniture company Ahrend, employing QR codes to uniquely identify each piece of furniture within its Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) range.
Growing Consumer's E-Waste Awareness
Globally consumers prefer products and services that adhere to sustainable and circular principles. Businesses are compelled to embrace digital circular economy practices to reduce waste and prolong the lifespan of electronic devices, driven by this consumer demand. Well-informed consumers are inclined to select products that are easily recyclable or upgradeable, thereby playing a role in diminishing e-waste. Companies that respond to this consumer preference by integrating circular design principles into their products have the potential to gain a larger market share.
Companies feel compelled to adopt responsible e-waste management practices due to the influence of consumer awareness. Meeting customer expectations and upholding a positive brand image are key motivators prompting businesses to invest in digital circular economy solutions. The heightened awareness among consumers frequently results in the formulation of more stringent environmental regulations. To comply with these regulations and align with consumer expectations, companies may choose to invest in digital technologies that enable the implementation of circular economy practices for handling electronic waste.
Initial High Implementation Costs
The substantial upfront expenses pose a major obstacle for businesses aiming to embrace digital circular economy practices. Medium and small-sized enterprises encounter considerable difficulties in making substantial investments in new technologies, constraining their involvement in the digital circular economy.
Smaller companies are reluctant to adopt digital circular economy solutions due to uncertainty regarding the return on investment and the timeframe required to recover their initial outlays. The enduring advantages of circular practices may not be readily apparent, fostering hesitancy in committing to substantial initial expenditures.
The high implementation costs may slow down the overall adoption rate of digital circular economy practices across industries. Companies may choose to wait for more affordable solutions or for evidence of successful implementations before making significant investments. High implementation costs divert financial resources away from innovation and research and development efforts. The may limit the development of new, more cost-effective technologies that could drive the digital circular economy forward.
The global digital circular economy market is segmented based on offering, technology, application, end-user and region.
Growing Demand for Digital Circular Economy Software
Based on the offering, the digital circular economy market is segmented into services and software. Digital circular economy software accounted largest market share in the global digital circular economy market due to the growing technological advancements in the software. Digital technologies such as blockchain, IoT and artificial intelligence-enabled the development of sophisticated software solutions.
The technologies play an important role in the enhancing circular economy practices. Digital Circular Economy software provides capabilities for effective resource management, optimization of supply chains and reduction of waste. Companies are increasingly integrating these solutions to enhance operational efficiency and reduce their environmental footprint.
The growing sustainability initiatives by the major key players helps to boost digital circular software segment growth over the forecast period. For instance, on November 08, 2021, SAP launched new solution to accelerate the circular economy. The is the newest software program added to a growing collection of sustainability-focused apps that help businesses improve their data management and monitoring skills.
Europe is Dominating the Digital Circular Economy Market
Europe has been at the forefront of implementing stringent environmental regulations and sustainability policies. The regulatory environment encourages businesses to adopt digital circular economy practices to meet compliance standards. European governments have actively promoted circular economy concepts and initiatives. Various policies, incentives and funding programs support businesses and startups engaged in digital circular economy technologies.
Major key players in Europe have integrated sustainability and circular economy goals into their corporate strategies. The commitment to environmental responsibility drives the adoption of digital technologies for circular practices. It is a hub for technological innovation and the region invests significantly in research and development. The emphasis on innovation fosters the development and adoption of advanced digital solutions for circular economy practices. According to the Gartner company's estimation, in 2031, the product portfolios of hardware vendors will be connected to circular initiatives, with 80% alignment, showing a significant increase from the 20% observed in 2023.
The major global players in the market include SAP oracle, Landbell Group, Anthesis Group, IBM, iPoint-systems GmbH, Rheaply, One Click LCA Ltd., LENZING AG and KPMG International Limited.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions in supply chains and impacted the accessibility of vital components and materials required for digital circular economy technologies. Growing economic uncertainties within the countries and needs during the pandemic resulted in the reassessment of investments in initiatives related to the digital circular economy. The shift to remote work was responsible to create challenges for companies involved in the development and implementation of digital circular economy technologies.
Changes in consumer priorities and spending patterns during the pandemic may impact the demand for sustainable and circular products and technologies. Smaller key players in the digital circular economy sector, such as startups face financial challenges and delays in fundraising due to the economic downturn. Industries and businesses directly involved in essential services may take precedence over initiatives related to the digital circular economy, impacting the overall market dynamics.
Geopolitical conflicts between Russia and Ukraine disrupt the supply chains of critical materials and raw materials/components required for digital circular economy technologies. Due to the conflicts between the countries, major key players in the market relied on suppliers from the affected areas and faced challenges in obtaining necessary resources. Global market uncertainty gets worse by geopolitical conflicts, which affects investor confidence and decision-making.
Changes in trade policies and laws impact the movement of goods and services due to geopolitical events. The economic instability within the region has ramifications on a global scale, impacting both consumer expenditures and corporate investments. A slowdown in economic activities in the countries a slowdown in economic activity. Uncertainties and disruptions in the economy may shape consumer behavior, potentially affecting the choices consumers make when purchasing sustainable and circular products and technologies.
The global digital circular economy market report would provide approximately 70 tables, 76 figures and 218 Pages.
Target Audience 2024
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