A circular economy is about minimizing waste and making the most of scarce resources we have on the planet. The resources needed, waste, emission, and energy consumption are minimized trough long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and recycling.
Circular economy in Metso's value chain

For our customer industries, there is a growing demand for doing things in a more environmentally efficient way. We need raw materials to maintain our modern way of living, but all the time growing resource scarcity and climate change are bringing new challenges and forcing industries and societies to be more efficient. Many types of materials and waste can also be reused after the appropriate processing. Developing energy-efficient and cost-effective processes for refining different waste streams is a big business opportunity in the coming years.

Our role in circular economy

In our customers’ value chain, Metso is part of the processing of natural resources into a form where they can be used as a component for the elements of modern life; computers, mobile phones, infrastructure and buildings as examples. Once these products and materials face the end of their life-cycle, Metso is offering solutions for the recycling of metals, waste and building materials.

"Circular economy is not just about recycling. It is about designing recyclable, durable and environmentally efficient equipment that can be serviced. Extending the life-cycle of the equipment and optimizing industrial processes so that environmental efficiencies such as better energy efficiency can be achieved, are also part of the circular economy concept. Taking back, leasing and reselling products is also a growing aspect in the world of scarce resources."

- Kaisa Jungman, Director, Sustainable Business Development

According to the definition of circular economy, Metso’s business fit to many of these categories as presented in the picture below:
Circularity along the whole value chain

Circular economy starts from the product design and ends up in extending the life-cycle of the customer equipment and operations, and taking some valuable materials back into our production. We continue to seek new solutions to narrow and close material and energy loops both in our and customer’s operations. This is the only way to go! 

Product design

We aim to design our products to be sustainable. In 2018, 86% of our R&D projects had set sustainability targets and our goal is that by 2021, 100% of our R&D projects will have sustainability targets. Our R&D projects have sustainability targets that are related to e.g. environmental efficiency, including energy and water savings, waste, material efficiency, reduction of CO2 emissions and safety.

Sourcing

Our products are built to last, and service and environmental aspects are important parts of the product development process. As an example, we buy scrap metal for our production. We use of a lot of recycled metals and steel in our production.

Manufacturing

We aim to minimize the amount of waste and increase the recycling and reuse of materials in all our locations. We are also looking into replacing plastic and wood with renewable packaging materials. Metso is committed to the packaging pledge of the Technology Industries of Finland, which aims to reduce the plastic waste from packaging materials.

Logistics

For Metso it is important to consider the load occupancy rate and efficient planning of transportation routes. Our current goal is to reduce 20% of our logistics routes by 2025.

Marketing & sales

We also lease and resell our products e.g. Lokotracks.

Life Cycle Services (LCS)

Through LCS, Metso is promoting circular economy through optimizing the products' usage through service, repair, wear and spare parts and performance solutions. When the products are taken care of and optimized, their life cycle is lengthened, and their performance is improved.

Wear & spare parts

Our wear parts also promote the circular economy through lengthening the life cycle of our products. Through optimizing wear parts and renewing machinery or parts of it, the life cycle and the durability of the products can be improved.

Repair & field service

Through our service, the durability and the life length of the products can also be improved. The service focuses on improving the efficiency and the safety of the products. Through this, the products can also be used for a longer time, which promotes the circular economy.

Refurbishments & rebuilds

Proper maintenance and rebuilds can reduce the signs of aging to ensure that production goals are met, which lengthens the life cycle of the products and promotes circular economy.

Performance solutions

Performance solutions are dedicated to deliver and sustain performance improvements and measurable business results. This is important for circular economy, because without performance improvements, older products might be replaced with newer products at a faster pace.

Our solutions to tackle the challenges

Metso Tailings Management

New product launch, Metso Tailings Management, is bringing change through dewatering, handling and reprocessing of tailings.  Metso Tailings Management is promoting circular economy through removing the water from the tailings, where after the water can be recycled and tailings dry stacked. 

Metal recycling

Metal is the most recycled material on earth. Metso is providing metal recycling solutions to promote the circular economy. Read more here

Waste recycling

From waste to value is the core idea of both Metso's waste recycling, and also the circular economy. Waste can be regenerated for example to fuel or energy, which can be used for several purposes. Read more here

Process optimization services

When optimizing processes, the energy usage is reduced and the life cycle of products is significantly lengthened, which contributes to circular economy. For example, Hunchun Zijin Mining improved their efficiency by 18% through process optimization. 

Lokotrack® Urban™

Today, in majority of the construction demolition cases, demolition waste is hauled from the site to a distant crushing site with road trucks. Metso’s unique Lokotrack® Urban™ Series mobile jaw crushers reduce dust and noise emissions and cut the noise distance by up to 60%, which can help in getting crushing permits closer to cities, urban environments and other populated areas, reducing also the truck traffic. Additionally, the Lokotrack mobile solutions are suitable also for asphalt recycling, which contributes to a more circular economy. 

Sustainability at the core of our business
Metso believes that one of the best ways to promote sustainable development is to innovate new and better technologies and to change current ways of operating.