It is really important to move to an economy that is more circular. Our climate and ecological emergencies are closely linked to the quantity of products that we use and consume, how they are made and how they are disposed of. We need to re-programme our economy to extract less from the planet, re-use what we’ve already taken and reduce our waste. The future will be brighter if products are made to last, are easy to repair and can be re-used many times. Things must be made from recyclable materials and we need to regenerate our damaged natural systems.
The Scottish Government published their proposals for a Circular Economy bill in November 2019. There was a consultation on these proposals which closed in December 2019 (The LINK response can be found below in key outputs). We are expecting the Government to bring forward a Circular Economy Bill in the Spring of 2020.
Key outputs to date:
Circular economy proposals need top-level targets says Scottish Environment LINK (press release, November 2019)
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)
A Circular Economy for a Fairer Footprint – background
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.
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 announced a CE Bill.
The Circular Economy for a Fairer Footprint project is working with partners to press for a comprehensive and ambitious CE Bill with consumption reduction targets at its heart.
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
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