Event tackles waste

Scots to showcase circular economy benefits

Iain GullandBusinesses operating in six sectors will showcase their efforts to reduce waste at an event including tours of company sites.

Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland is held over three days in Glasgow, between the 30 October and 1 November, delivered by Zero Waste Scotland in partnership with Circular Glasgow.

This is an initiative driven by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, funded by Zero Waste Scotland and backed by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund. 

It is estimated that across Europe, shifting towards a more circular economy could generate £1.4trillion of annual benefits by 2030.

The event will feature:

  • Plastic solutions in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), featuring projects seeking innovative alternatives to plastics and minimising their single use
  • Manufacturing in partnership with the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS), Scottish Enterprise, showing how Scotland’s manufacturers are “making things last” when it comes to resources
  • Construction in partnership with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, demonstrating how Scotland is building a circular economy from the point of architectural design through to build phase 
  • Food and drink in partnership with Scotland Food and Drink, allowing delegates to sample how we are working with the food and drink supply chain to retain and maximise the value of materials that go into producing food and drink.
  • Bioeconomy in partnership with The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), highlighting ‘bio’ resources as a priority area with the greatest opportunity to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for Scotland.
  • Circular Economy in the Community in partnership with Revolve, Scotland’s national quality standard for re-use organisations, incorporating visits to community-based organisations re-using, re-making and re-selling consumer goods.

The event will also welcome some of the most influential thought leaders on sustainability and the circular economy, including Dr Leyla Acaroglu sustainability ‘provocateur’ and United Nations Champion of the Earth 2016, and Walter Stahel, one of the world’s most eminent thinkers on the circular economy.

They will be joined by Gary Gillespie, the Scottish Government’s Chief Economic Advisor and Dr Katherine Trebeck, research director of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, with more speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland (pictured), said: “It’s exciting that we can hear from world-leading experts of their stature, and that we can demonstrate, with the input of our business partners at the event, how Scotland is truly leading the way in sustainability across many business sectors.

“All sectors and regions can benefit from becoming ‘circular’; it’s the key to keeping businesses sustainable.”

Alison McRae, senior director, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “As Glasgow Chamber of Commerce works to position Glasgow as a leading circular city, it’s vital to engage with global game changes within each sector.

“The pace of change is daily, and as new businesses continue to commit to a circular goal there has never been a better time for Glasgow to host the Circular Economy Hotspot.”


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