Sustainability and circular economy


Environmental sustainability has become one of the key driving forces of industrial transformation. Firms and institutions are called to profoundly rethink their way of doing business and implementing public and private investment in the green transition. Market acceptance of (more) sustainable and circular products is also a crucial element in this process.

CSIL experts can assist companies in the identification and assessment of market opportunities, guiding their sustainability investments and ensuring the adaptation of production processes in alignment with emerging business models.

Moreover, CSIL can support policymakers engaged in shaping environmental and climate policies. Their capabilities span from support to the design and evaluation of policies and programmes, bringing their insights to bear in crucial areas such as environmental infrastructures, energy efficiency, natural risk prevention and mitigation, as well as clean urban mobility.

In-depth knowledge of value chain functioning and a well-tested ecosystem approach maturated over the grounds of sectorial economic analysis are CSIL assets that form a solid foundation for conducting sustainability analysis.

Our services include:

  • Sustainable market assessment: market sizing and forecast (at the product or sector level);
  • Market opportunities identification and mapping (new target segments, new channels, etc);
  • Analysis of the economic and financial performance of circular business models;
  • Formulation of marketing and innovation strategies at the sector or company level;
  • Analysis of demand features and consumers’ acceptance of sustainable/circular products, including analysis of willingness to pay for sustainable/circular products;
  • Mapping legislative frameworks and their evolution, legal requirements and standards impacting firms and business models, analysis of industrial preferences and challenges in materials adoption;
  • Supply chain(s) and material flow mapping, including identification of new emerging supply chains (e.g. through industrial symbiosis);
  • Feasibility analysis for investments in sustainable products/applications/processes, including recycling.

Methodologies for the socio-economic, innovation, and competitiveness performance analysis of companies and ecosystems developed and fine-tuned by CSIL over years of research activities are exploited to enrich sustainability analysis with solid and focused data to measure sustainability achievements and necessary information for sustainability-related communications.

CSIL research activity is supported by rich databases of historical data on products, companies, regions, and countries, fuelled by proprietary market research data and information collected and processed from a variety of external sources.

Econometric analysis

Statistical analysis

Cost-benefit analysis

Risk analysis

Competitive analysis

Thematic observatories


Bayesian network analysis

Counterfactual analysis

Web scraping



Case studies

Seminars and 
focus groups

Peer reviews