About the book
This publication is a unique collection of insights, best practices and real examples of how the private sector, society at large, and the environment can benefit from the sustainable business approach, Chemical Leasing.
Companies are facing increasing economic, environmental and social challenges. They have to cope with an ever more rapidly changing business environment, they must comply with ever stricter environmental regulations, they have to respond to ever more demands made of them by the public, their customers and their supply chains. New mind-sets, innovative approaches and tools, new skills, sustain-able business models – companies need all of these if they wish to continue to be successful in the decades to come. One of the new approaches available to them is the performance-based business model of Chemical Leasing that follows the idea of Circular Economy.
The book you have in your hands targets different groups of people – companies, the scientific community, academia, consultants, policymakers – who want to learn more about the Chemical Leasing business model. Reading this book, they will discover the great benefits that this business model offers to business, society at large, and the environment. The examples which are presented in the book can motivate them to apply the model and mainstream it in their own countries and industries.
This book is written by practitioners for practitioners. It provides articles, insights and new ideas on how to better use chemicals. It presents the broad range of approaches which there are to the topic. It is designed to be a reference book which readers can always consult.
Over the course of five chapters, the book presents the Chemical Leasing business model in all its different aspects. It covers a broad spectrum of topics, from the global framework within which companies are operating today and the global drivers to which they have to respond, to the very practical methodology and the business case of Chemical Leasing.
Part A lays the foundation for a better understanding of the global framework in which companies are currently operating, and of how innovative business models like Chemical Leasing can help companies deal with many of the challenges they face. This chapter is introductory and serves as a guideline for all readers: company representatives, consultants, researchers and policymakers.
Part B, the “Business Case of Chemical Leasing”, lays out in a very practical way how Chemical Leasing can be implemented. Here, practitioners from industry (companies and consultants) show in detail where and how this business model can be applied, review the benefits but also the obstacles of the model, and discuss their personal experiences with implementing Chemical Leasing.
Part C covers the Chemical Leasing toolkit and the methodology, both of which have been developed to support the implementation of Chemical Leasing. Step-by-step guidance is given to support interested companies and consultants in taking their first steps into Chemical Leasing implementation; this has also been prepared by practitioners.
Part D, key challenges like Climate Change and Re-source Scarcity but also new (mega)trends and global drivers like Circular Economy, SDGs, Digitalization, Green Chemistry, Gender and Inclusiveness, and Change Management are described, along with their linkages to Chemical Leasing and how the latter can contribute to achieve improvements in these fields. It responds to the interests of different target groups. Researchers, NGOs and policymakers, but also business professionals, can find inspiring ideas and useful information that can help them develop sustainable strategies and create benefits in the long run.
Part E closes the book. It brings together a collection of opinions and assessments made by businesses, academia, governments, NGOs and research institutions on the current state and the future potential of Chemical Leasing. In doing so, it shows the way Chemical Leasing and similar performance-based business models could be further developed and applied. Our hope is that the chapter can become a source of inspiration for readers and motivate them to join hands with UNIDO and the other partners and stakeholders and support our efforts to mainstream and scale up this performance-based business concept to the global level.