THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY


THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN SCOTLAND

BENEFITS OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The Circular Economy is an alternative to our current Linear Economy, where we behave as if the world’s resources are infinite and we Take-Make-Use-Dispose, resulting in huge amounts of waste. In contrast, the Circular Economy recognises that the world’s resources are finite and need to be protected through a model in which:

  • Through clever design, there is no waste
  • Everything is designed to feed into something else, to get the maximum possible value from each component
  • Raw materials can be fully recovered, redesigned and reused as new products
  • Everything is powered by renewable energy.

This is done through closed loop systems; recycle, repair and remanufacture; and new societal models such as leasing and shared ownership.

Why do we need a Circular Economy?

In a world in which mineral resources are increasingly rare and hard to get at, biodiversity is in decline and 3 billion new consumers will enter the market in the next 30 years, the linear economy is quite simply not economically or environmentally sustainable.

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN SCOTLAND

Scotland is a Circular Economy Trailblazer

  • The draft Circular Economy Bill is currently going through the Scottish Parliament. Ostrero advocates for education and skills to be an integral part of the Bill and accompanying Route Map
  • Scotland is the first CE100 country in the world (see Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
  • Winner at the 2017 International Circulars Awards for having public policy, “which best provides an enabling environment for the Circular Economy to develop and flourish”
  • Support from the Scottish Government, who have pledged to introduce one of the first Circular Economy bills in the world (Manufacturing Action Plan)
  • Support from Chambers of Commerce in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Tayside

BENEFITS OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Whether you are a business, a third-sector organisation, a school or a university, adopting a Circular Economy model can result in measurable environmental, social and financial benefits including:

  • A more ethical and sustainable organisational model
  • Cutting down on waste, thereby freeing up materials and budgets
  • Capturing stakeholder imagination to increase recognition of and loyalty towards your organisation
  • External funding opportunities
  • Being global leaders in the next big thing


To find out more about what the Circular Economy can do for your organisation, please contact us.

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