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How SynoptiCons play a key role in Circular Economy across Europe

As SynoptiCons we believe that a more circular economy is key to address the environmental challenges ahead of us. Circular Economy aims at minimizing waste and maximizing resource usage. To achieve that, it requires its players to be better connected and exchange information more universally. Our future-proof digital solutions enable us to “connect the dots” and provide the best possible support for a modern Circular Economy. In 2023, we initiated several projects together with our partners Reclay Group, RecycleMe, and Léko and further strengthened our key role in the digitalization of the Circular Economy.  

We also challenge our own environmental impact, aiming to reduce our own carbon footprint. Setting up our sustainability goals and policies about creating digital solutions and conducting our business has been another significant step for us in the past year. 

Leading the way to green computing and our own sustainability strategy 

While economic success and the efficient achievement of business goals were and are of course our top priority, efforts to reduce the company’s ecological footprint became increasingly important in 2023 – not only for the company’s own sense of responsibility but also as an economic factor. 

In discussing the role of “Green Computing” internally, we decided on measures to address environmental challenges and highlight SynoptiCons’ commitment to resource-saving innovation. In our understanding, green computing refers to the use of technology that combines technological progress with environmentally responsible measures. The practical applications of green computing include the use of energy-efficient hardware and serverless infrastructures, proper disposal of electronic waste, and “digital cleanup” in the IT systems we create and use. 

Making business easier for various stakeholders in Circular Economy

Circular Economy comes with a lot of potential in saving valuable resources, but also with responsibilities and obligations for various stakeholders along supply chains. We have a strong focus on helping Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs), manufacturers, and producers to drive digitalization and meet their obligations, resulting from EU legislation and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).  

As part of the Raan Corporate Group, we have access to over 20 years of knowledge and international experience in the recycling and waste industry. Coupled with our expertise in digitalization, we manage to stay one step ahead in such a dynamic environment. 

Digital data management meets EPR-compliance

Our cloud-based software CALCULATE is designed to support companies in managing their Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) obligations. With this product, we showcase how digital data management, particularly through cloud-based services, is transforming business processes. 

Status quo and future of material flow in waste management 

With RIVER, we aimed at optimizing information flows and communication in waste management. The digital platform serves as a centralized solution for various stakeholders, including cities, municipalities, take-back systems (Producer Responsibility Organisations – PRO), sorting facilities, waste management companies, and dealers/recyclers, to efficiently exchange information along the recycling process chain. Together with Léko, a French PRO for packaging waste, the first project is currently underway. 

A digital platform for producers of packaging 

In 2022 we introduced KOUROU, an innovative reporting system developed by SynoptiCons for statutory reporting obligations in the context of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). KOUROU serves as a cloud-based platform with internal interfaces to EPR systems (such as SAP or Dynamics), establishing a seamless connection between customers and PROs. The platform, named after the European Space Agency’s space center in French Guiana, was specifically designed to meet new legal requirements in France, compelling e-commerce retailers to participate in a take-back system for their packaging since 2022.