Circular Economy Funding & New Scottish Waste Framework

scottish-resource-conferenceFunding to accelerate Scotland’s shift to a circular economy has been announced today (6 October), along with SEPA’s new framework for tackling waste.

Headlining the second day of the Scottish Resources Conference 2016, Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham (pictured above with CIWM CEO Steve Lee), announced a targeted funding call, under the Circular Economy investment fund, for local enterprise development bodies across Scotland to accelerate the shift to a circular economy within their regions.

“This targeted call builds on a pilot initiative last year with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce which completed a ‘circle scan’ of the regional economy to identify potential business growth opportunities”

Cunningham outlined the “circular regions” funding call from Zero Waste Scotland, which will help enterprise networks to identify and implement innovative circular economy ideas from small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

This regional opportunity is part of an £18m circular economy investment programme being managed by Zero Waste Scotland using funding from the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland explains: “This targeted call builds on a pilot initiative last year with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce which completed a ‘circle scan’ of the regional economy to identify potential business growth opportunities, including a collaboration with Jaw Brew, an independent craft brewery and local bakery Aulds to develop a beer made by using waste bread.

“The project has proven very successful to date and other cities and areas have expressed an interest in replicating this approach.”

Funding is available to local consortiums where the lead partner is classed as a small or medium sized enterprise. Applicants can bid for funding for two separate stages: to identify business opportunities locally and to work to develop those opportunities with local businesses and supporting them through to full implementation.

Iain Gulland added: “This approach for regional SMEs will accelerate a Circular Economy throughout Scotland by helping businesses be resource efficient and by opening up collaboration opportunities. Our programme will deliver a step change in the scale, range and depth of existing resource efficiency work across all business and social economy sectors in Scotland.”

Grants available under the Circular Economy Investment Fund are for a minimum of £20,000 and a maximum of £1,000,000.

Waste To Resources Framework

A new framework for tackling waste has been unveiled by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), focussing on how SEPA will support a circular economy in Scotland.

Announced at the Scottish Resources Conference, “One Planet Prosperity – A Waste to Resources Framework”, outlines how SEPA intends to drive down waste production and keep valuable materials circulating for as long as possible, whilst preventing and tackling the harms associated with waste management and waste crime.

These guiding principles form the basis of the framework and define SEPA’s approach to waste and resource management across all sectors of the economy.

 “Unlocking the value of material resources in our economy is crucial for bringing about the radical step change needed to build a more sustainable Scotland. We will work with forward thinking businesses to raise awareness of the value which waste materials have and ultimately help businesses turn waste into profit”

Delivery of the new framework will be undertaken through sectoral engagement with industry and business, in line with SEPA’s broader Regulatory Strategy, which was officially launched in August.

The Regulatory Strategy, draws upon the new powers granted by the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act in 2014 and includes a strong emphasis developing Sustainable Growth Agreements with industry leaders and supporting businesses who seek to find innovative and efficient ways to go beyond compliance.

Terry A’hearn, SEPA’s Chief Executive, said: “Unlocking the value of material resources in our economy is crucial for bringing about the radical step change needed to build a more sustainable Scotland. We will work with forward thinking businesses to raise awareness of the value which waste materials have and ultimately help businesses turn waste into profit.

“At this point in our journey, it is not a choice between driving resource efficiency, preventing harm or tackling crime, we must do it all and do it together.”

The Waste to Resources Framework reflects, and directly supports, the aspirations within the Scottish Government Circular Economy Strategy and close partnership working with Zero Waste Scotland, Revenue Scotland, Scottish Government, Enterprise Agencies and industry remain central to achieving greater resource efficiency across all sectors of industry.

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