Circular operations


As a network operator, we use large quantities of materials and, indirectly, of raw materials. We are responsible for managing our requirement for materials as effectively as possible and for participating in circular schemes designed to ensure continued availability of raw materials and products. For a few years now, we have acted to integrate circularity into our business operations. Reuse of components and materials that are returned to us after their service life in the energy network is a focus here.

Impact on people and the planet

The global demand for materials and products seriously impacts stocks of raw materials, requires a great deal of energy and leads to increased scarcity of critical materials. Alliander procures large quantities of materials such as assets containing metal, electronic equipment, meters and clothing. The energy transition and growing demand mean that our requirement for resources is increasing dramatically, which has a corresponding effect on the associated impact. The associated procurement, usage, waste and emissions of CO2 and other substances cause ecological harm. Production conditions in supply chains can have negative effects on working conditions. As a result, we have an impact on natural and human capital all over the world.


Prolonged shortages of materials and components due to supply problems. Pressure on feasibility goals, higher costs and pressure on relationships with suppliers.


Increased availability of components and spare parts by building inventory and providing information on the internal availability of critical materials.

Impact on Alliander’s value

Developments in product chains and social and environmental conditions can have an impact on deliveries to Alliander. Shortages, logistical problems and conflicts affect the completion of the work package and inventories (manufactured capital) and can lead to price disadvantages or losses in terms of financial capital.

Relationship with Alliander’s impact model

Indicators for financial capital, manufactured capital, natural capital and human capital.

Stakeholder expectation

With an annual procurement volume of about €1.5 billion, we are a major purchaser of products and services. Stakeholders expect us, together with our suppliers, to ensure that our procurement is as sustainable as possible. If we and our suppliers can move in unison towards greater circularity, we can generate a significant positive impact through our supply chains. We know from experience that this requires different arrangements and practices.

Strategic pillars

Future-proof foundation.

Our long-term objective

In 2023, we purchased 31% (+3% compared to 2022) of our procurement volume in a circular manner. We are actively seeking to improve our performance in terms of circularity. For example, we are planning circular solutions with our suppliers, working to extend the useful life of assets and redeploying materials for a second life in our operations. Our waste policy focuses on prevention and proper separation. Each year we improve our circular procurement and redeployment performance.

Alliander’s assessment and contribution

Pooling redeployment initiatives across business units generates significant financial savings and reductions in carbon emissions. We refurbish compact stations, transformers, switching installations and gas line couplings in collaboration with suppliers and boost manufacturing feasibility through short lead times. We cooperate with supply chain partners and other network companies and explore further opportunities for applying circular principles. The proportion of procurement that is circular is gradually increasing. Ultimately, we will limit damage to natural capital by reducing the use of new products and raw materials.

Stakeholder information