Join our webinar Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS): How Businesses can thrive in the age of climate change and digitalization (a WCEF 2021 Side Event) to discover how XaaS can become the new foundation of industrial value creation – unleashing both environmental benefits and economic impact.

Live Stream: Monday 20th September | 10am EDT | 4pm CEST | 3pm BST 

XaaS business and operating models have the power to combine economic value creation and competitiveness with environmental impact. This event will explore critical design principles to configure circular XaaS models, share case studies and provide a perspective on key enablers.


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Welcome and introduction

Sophie Herrmann, Partner, SYSTEMIQ


Keynote: Circular system change

Martin R. Stuchtey, Founder, SYSTEMIQ


Presentation: XaaS – How businesses can thrive in the age of climate change and digitalization

Manuel Braun, Director, SYSTEMIQ


Panel discussion

Panellists: Caroline Stern, Hilti; Dr. Thomas Schneider, TRUMPF; Patrick Hypscher, BSH/Bluemovement; Martin Stuchtey, SYSTEMIQ
Moderated by: Sophie Herrmann, Partner, SYSTEMIQ


Reflection and closing comments

Sophie Herrmann, Partner, SYSTEMIQ


This report has been conducted by SYSTEMIQ on behalf of the SUN Institute Environment & Sustainability.

In the age of climate change and digitization, we have to rethink prosperity altogether: Our focus must shift from the products we manufacture to the benefit they generate for the user. Everything we produce can be thought and commercialized as a service. This report aims to make a new action-focused contribution to the growing field of practice and analysis around XaaS (Everythingas-a-Service) in two ways:

First, by presenting the positive economic, environmental and social case for this way of doing business, with a focus on the manufacturing sector. XaaS business and operating models can be a critical enabler for the circular economy transition, especially by incentivizing producers to optimize for resource productivity and taking responsibility over the product lifetime. The report quantifies the respective material and CO2 impacts as well as total cost of ownership for three XaaS use cases to demonstrate the economic and ecological potential of such business models.

Second, by providing comprehensive insights on the design configurations and enabling factors that will drive successful strategies for companies innovating and scaling XaaS models. This is important not only to create the enabling environment for XaaS business models to work, but also to avoid potential rebound effects. These can diminish the positive societal impact of business model-driven efforts to decouple natural resource use from economic growth and well-being.


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