2. An Economic and Environmental Imperative
Our Government Economic Strategy  emphasises the importance of resource efficiency to boost the productivity, competitiveness and resilience of our economy. A recent study  also indicated that straightforward resource efficiency measures could mean more than £2.9 billion worth of potential savings to the Scottish economy.
Beyond efficiency savings, there are wider opportunities to stimulate innovation in remanufacturing, and increasingly sophisticated forms of product refurbishment and reuse. The long-term goal is enabling a shift toward designing out wasted materials, energy and pollution, and designing in reassembly or remanufacturing and useable by-products.
A series of recent reports by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on creating circular economies concluded that a profound shift in product design and retail could lead to benefits of $2 trillion (£1.3 trillion) globally  . Getting our approach right could sizeable new opportunities for innovation, investment and job creation in Scotland, including opportunities to energise manufacturing. Figure 2 summarises the economic opportunities and resource pressures.
Figure 3 Economic concerns and opportunities
The overall thrust of these proposals is therefore to improve Scotland's economic competitiveness, create new business opportunities and reduce our environmental impact by using our resources more efficiently, while laying the foundations for a more circular model of resource use ( Figure 3).
Issues on this scale require an economy-wide approach, so this programme identifies actions for Zero Waste Scotland, SEPA and the Enterprise Agencies, working closely with business, local authorities and others.
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