This three year project, which started in May 2018, aims to reduce our consumption of planetary resources. Unsustainable resource consumption is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. It is also undermining the resources that our economy relies on.
A circular economy (CE) is an alternative to a linear economy. A linear economy, which has increasingly characterised our economy in recent decades, follows an extract, make, use, dispose pattern. In contrast, a more circular economy aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them whilst in use and recovering products and materials from them at the end of each service life. In a world of finite resources, the CE offers a system whereby we can reduce our demand on the planet’s resources and foster a more resilient economy.
The Scottish Government published its a CE strategy: Making Things Last in 2016. The Programme for Government for 2019 – 20 announces a CE Bill.
The Circular Economy for a Fairer Footprint project will work with partners to press for a comprehensive and ambitious CE Bill with consumption reduction targets at its heart.
You can find our key outputs below:
Cross-sector coalition calls for a strong circular economy bill (Press release, August 2019)
Let’s make sustainable products that last – or the planet won’t. (Article by Dr Phoebe Cochrane, published in the Scotsman June 2019)
Evidence on the construction sector (February 2019).
Evidence on Scotland’s progress on UNSDG 12 (Feb 2019)
Pathways to a circular and resource efficient economy (Seminar report, December 2018)
Single-use plastics and energy and resource efficient products (joint letter from Environment LINK’s UK to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, November 2018)
LINK Consultation response to a Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland (September 2018)
LINK is grateful to the Friends Provident Foundation for their 3 year grant in support of this project.
For any questions please contact Phoebe Cochrane, Sustainable Economics Officer, Email Phoebe