The Scottish Government is committed to creating a more resource efficient and circular economy. It is working with Scotland’s key economic and environmental agencies (Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Zero Waste Scotland) to lead and facilitate change through a strategic approach to policy action and engagement with businesses and other key influencers.
This work was brought together in ‘Making Things Last – A circular economy strategy for Scotland’ (2016) and the circular economy is a core aspect of ‘Manufacturing the Future’ Scotland’s Manufacturing Action Plan (2016).
The Scottish Government is engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to identify the opportunities for a more circular economy for Scotland. An Evidence Programme is producing a number of think-pieces and reports to stimulate discussion to feed into the development of Scotland’s Circular Economy Roadmap to be published by the end of 2015.
Along with the launch of the Scottish Institute for Remanufacturing, Scotland launched the Scottish Materials Brokerage Service to establish contracts of sufficient scale to stimulate investment in reprocessing.
Scotland is developing its own Circular Economy Network for business and academia with a footprint in Scotland.
Making Things Last - A circular economy strategy for Scotland’, sets out priorities across design, repair, reuse, recycling and waste prevention, including:
• Circular economy design innovation – enhancing support through Scotland’s enterprise agencies and Zero Waste Scotland, including a new EU-funded Circular Economy Investment Fund and Service;
• National food waste reduction target - to cut food waste by a third by 2025;
• Scottish Institute for Remanufacture - supporting the growth of remanufacturing in Scotland through collaboration, innovation and knowledge exchange;
• Scottish Circular Economy Business Network - promoting collaboration between business, academia and public sector;
• Household Recycling Charter - developing more consistent recycling collections, improving recycling rates and quality;
• Scottish Materials Brokerage Service – collaborative contracts for public waste and recyclables to stimulate investment in reprocessing and achieve better value;
• Resource Efficient Scotland - supporting businesses to boost productivity by cutting waste and using energy, materials and water more efficiently.