The benefits of developing a circular economy will be laid out for Scottish businesses by Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland as he delivers the keynote address at the ecoConnect forum today (11 November).
The forum, titled The Circular Economy: Implementing a Business Strategy for Growth? is an opportunity for businesses to network and collaborate and prompt discussion around innovation and new trends, such as the circular economy.
ecoConnect runs networking forums, low-carbon specific investment programmes (live pitches and online), workshops and supports the development of green technology innovation through Cleantech Innovate, our annual showcases in London and Glasgow.
Zero Waste Scotland supports companies to move towards becoming a more circular economy business – one which depends less on raw materials and instead re-uses, remanufactures or recycles existing resources.
Iain Gulland – “By establishing a more circular economy in Scotland – where goods are firstly designed with future re-use in mind, and then recycled and remanufactured to be used again – we can maximise the value of resources in our economy, and embed sustainability in the way we do business”
There is funding and support on offer for businesses who want to develop a circular economy model. This includes the £3.8m Scottish Recycling Fund, available to organisations interested in developing sorting, repair or reprocessing capacity for waste materials, and to businesses in the remanufacture industry; and the RETrieve Scotland Support Programme for manufacturing companies.
Zero Waste Scotland can also provide fully-funded support to business to develop and pilot a circular economy business model, having worked with successful firms such as East Kilbride-based IT company Re-tek.
Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “The Scottish Government recently launched a national engagement programme around the circular economy, in which Zero Waste Scotland will be closely involved.
“ecoConnect is a great opportunity for businesses in and around Glasgow to find out more about the benefits of a ‘circular economy’ – as opposed to our current take, make and dispose model – and the support on offer. Firms interested in developing a circular business model shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch.
“The current linear economic model, where we produce, consume and discard, is simply not the best way to extract the full value of resources and maximise economic and environmental gains in Scotland.
“By establishing a more circular economy in Scotland – where goods are firstly designed with future re-use in mind, and then recycled and remanufactured to be used again – we can maximise the value of resources in our economy, and embed sustainability in the way we do business.”
Iain Gulland concluded: “A circular economy will help shield businesses from fluctuations in price and availability of key resources, and provide huge opportunities for those who can capitalise on the need to repair, reprocess, and remanufacture materials and products. This would create jobs and economic growth for Scotland.”
More information about the event, or to register, is available HERE
For CIWM Journal Online’s video interview with ZWS’s Iain Gulland CLICK HERE