Nordic Circular Economy Playbook Toolkit

Nordic Circular Economy Playbook Toolkit

Download the tools for each of the chapters in the Nordic Circular Economy Playbook.

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Chapter 1: Why is the circular economy relevant?

Rationale for Nordic manufacturing companies to engage in the circular economy.

Chapter 2: What concrete opportunities exist?

Assess your company’s current state and identify the circular business models that can help you. The tools below support you in identifying the most relevant circular business model(s) for your company:

Business Model Development Toolkit

A set of exercises for identifying inefficiencies and customer paint points, assessing relevance of circular business models, and prioritising them. (Required time: 30-60 min)

Business Model Development Toolkit Introduction

Business Model Development Toolkit

Value Case Tool

A tool for calculating high-level business case for circular business models. (Required time: 60 min)

Value Case Tool User Guide

Value Case Tool

Chapter 3: Which capabilities are required?

Understand the organisational requirements needed to operate your selected circular business model(s). This tool helps you to understand your starting point and areas to develop:

Capability Maturity Assessment Tool

Tool for assessing your company’s maturity in the circular capabilities and identifying which capabilities to develop internally and which ones to outsource for external partners. (Required time: 15 min)

Capability Maturity Assessment

Chapter 4: Which technologies can support?

Explore technologies that can enable your selected model(s) and assess your technology maturity. This tool supports you in prioritising which technologies to focus on:

Technology Naturity Assessment Tool

Tool for assessing your company’s maturity in the technologies enabling circular business models, and prioritising those for development.(Required time: 20 min)

Technology Maturity Assessment

Chapter 5: How to design the transformation journey?

Understand the key steps, common barriers and success factors. Design a transformation roadmap. These tools help you get started with your circular transformation journey:

Culture Gap Analysis Tool

Tool for analysing how circular your current company culture is and outlining activities to bridge identified culture gaps. (Required time: 15 min)

Culture Gap Analysis

Ecosystem Partner Identification Tool

Tool for identifying external partners that can help in bridging internal capability and technology gaps. (Required time: 15 min)

Ecosystem Partner Identification

Funding Requirement Analysis Tool

Tool for reflecting on funding requirements of your selected circular business model. (Required time: 15 min)

Funding Requirement Analysis

Roadmap Development Tool

Tool for planning your circular transformation journey, including list of activities and key milestones. (Required time: 30–45 min)

Roadmap Development

Business Model Canvas Tool

Tool for crystallising your circular business model by reflecting on its key building blocks, including your value proposition, infrastructure, customers and financing. (Required time: 20–30min.)

Business Model Canvas


This playbook is part of the program Nordic Sustainable Business Transformation by Nordic Innovation. Accenture is responsible for all its content.

The Nordic Circular Economy Playbook is a manual for change. It gives you the tools to build your sustainable business models and design the transformation journey from industrial value-chains to cross sectoral ecosystems. By taking a step towards a circular business, you take a step ahead of your competitors. The Nordic Circular Economy Playbook builds on the Circular economy business models for the manufacturing industry playbook by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

One of the three main pillars in the Nordic Vision 2030 is a green Nordic region. This can be achieved through a sustainable circular and bio-based economy, and this playbook will give Nordic companies the tools to start the journey and involve their entire value chain.

Learn more about the Nordic Circular Economy Playbook

Learn more about the Nordic Sustainable Business Transformation program