In October 2013, the Scottish Government released its blueprint for a circular economy, "Zero Waste – Safeguarding Scotland's Resources". 4 yearslater the Scottish manufacturing sector is calling on the Government to do more to harness the opportunities that circular economy poses. In 2016, the Scottish Government issued its "Making Things Last – A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland" . The strategy prioritised 4 areas of action: food waste, remanufacturing, construction and energy infrastructure.
The strategy emphasised that circularity is not solely about recycling material at the end of their useful life; it is also about waste prevention at source, designing material for longer lifetimes, and remanufacturing. Indeed the manufacturing sector is key for Zero Waste Scotland's £18m Circular Economy Investment Fund and we believe that this sector has a key role to play in promoting circularity.
It would be very encouraging to see similar initiatives being developed in England and Wales as well and the Government taking a more active role in championing circular economy. Foot Anstey as a firm is actively involved in the sustainability sector (circular economy forming part of the same), by either supporting clients in achieving their sustainable, long-term vision but also looking at the firm's assets and responsibilities in the local areas where we work. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.
Scotland is at the cutting edge of developing a more circular economy – designing products and services to keep materials in use for as long as possible – and harnessing the innovation of our manufacturers could realise huge economic and environmental benefits. The country is recognised as a world-leader in the shift to a circular economy, having this year won the Circular Economy Nations and Regions Category at the high-profile Circulars Awards.