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Making things last Consultation on the Circular Economy in Scotland

Making things last Consultation on the Circular Economy in Scotland

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ISBN: 9781785445606

Consultation on the Circular Economy in Scotland

Executive Summary

In a world of finite resources, where global population and consumption growth are driving increased volatility and vulnerability in the supply of raw materials, the circular economy offers a new and exciting perspective.

It is an approach that shifts the focus from being efficient in the use of materials to the bigger gains from reusing those materials across the economy. It supports the aims of Scotland’s Economic Strategy, particularly with regard to innovation and more efficient resource use, by offering new ways to create value, decoupled from the consumption of natural resources. Put simply, the circular economy is about keeping materials flowing in the economy at as high a value as possible for as long as possible.