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Scotland’s zero waste plans received a big boost after becoming the first nation to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 programme CE100.
This global network of 100 companies, innovators and administrations has set itself a three-year timeframe to accelerate the transition to a circular economy, helping businesses rethink the way they manage resources, whilst stimulating economic growth.
Scotland’s involvement in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 follows the recent launch of the Resource Efficient Scotland initiative, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, which helps Scottish businesses and organisations save money by helping them use resources more efficiently and cutting the costs of their energy, water and raw material overheads.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, who made the announcement on a visit to Sweden to exchange insights and experiences of building a circular economy and the economic opportunities, said:
“Scotland’s economy will benefit from moving to a more circular model of production and consumption. Our Zero Waste Plan is already delivering important actions to make better use of resources, and we can accelerate progress if we join together with others on a global level.
“Joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 gives Scotland an excellent opportunity to share its own successes with others, and to take a leadership role in a growing global movement.”
Jamie Butterworth, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, welcomed the move by the Scottish Government, commenting:
“We’re excited to welcome the Scottish Government as one of the first governmental members of the Circular Economy 100 programme. Regions and governments will play an important enabling role within this initiative and in a transition towards a circular economy by supporting businesses in developing new markets and generating informed policy. We look forward to working with Scotland over the next three years.”