eBay and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol join the CE100
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation announces that eBay and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol have joined the CE100, the Foundation’s pre-competitive innovation programme
Global online marketplace eBay has become a corporate member. By leveraging the company’s capabilities and scale, eBay sees its commerce platform as a unique asset that can drive innovation and strategically support the transition to a circular economy.
Reuse and redistribution are both key elements of a thriving circular economy, and with 162 million active buyers eBay is one of the world’s largest platforms for extending the useful life of products. By leveraging the company’s capabilities and scale, eBay sees its commerce platform as a unique asset that can drive innovation and strategically support the transition to a circular economy.
The company hopes to learn from other members within the CE100 network, and to identify further opportunities to influence and support the acceleration to a circular economy.
Devin Wenig, CEO, eBay, commented: “As a business that has extended the useful life of products and enabled the recirculation of goods since our founding, eBay is thrilled to join a global movement of like-minded companies. It is vital that business takes up the challenge to innovate new ways of creating economic opportunity that do not rely on carbon emissions. With the collaboration of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the many businesses involved, we think a tipping point is on the way – where circular models become the norm. We’ll be playing our part by connecting circular economy to the way millions of individuals and small businesses create wealth and opportunity around the world.”
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol supplies direct connections to 319 destinations, serves 55 million travellers and handles 1.6 million tonnes of cargo. More than five hundred companies are based at Schiphol, employing around 65000 people in total.
Schiphol’s circular economy ambitions include the closed-loop design of assets and circular procurement (performance-based services, recyclable and/or bio-based materials and the phasing out of toxic substances); maximizing the lifetime of assets and materials on site; and maximising reuse, recycling and the closing of material loops. The company is already collaborating with partners on pilot projects such as the extraction of phosphates from waste water; utilising ‘light as a service’ in its renovated Departure Lounge 2; and measures to achieve ‘zero waste’ by 2030.
By joining the CE100, Schiphol aims to expand its internal capacity, deepen its knowledge of the circular economy, and enter into new cross-value chain and sector collaborations.
Jos Nijhuis, CEO, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, stated: “Amsterdam Airport Schiphol aims to be one of the world’s most sustainable airports. We believe in moving towards a circular economy and each day sees us taking steps, both big and small, towards this goal. Cooperation is essential, at the regional, national and international levels. We are happy to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 programme, as this represents an opportunity for us to expand our network and to collaborate in accelerating developments toward a circular economy.”