Glasgow Chambers of Commerce and Zero Waste Scotland announce partnership to make city a ‘Circular Economy Hotspot’

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and national resource efficiency body Zero Waste Scotland have launched a partnership which will see innovative measures delivered to support the development of a circular economy in Scotland’s biggest city.

21 Dec 15

A circular economy is one in which materials are kept in productive use for as long as possible, which helps the creation of new types of businesses and high-quality jobs.

The Scottish Government recently consulted on plans for a national circular economy strategy, which aims to unlock job creation opportunities in areas like recycling and remanufacturing, as well as helping to reduce risks to Scottish businesses from volatile commodities markets. A recent study from Zero Waste Scotland estimated that remanufacturing, for example, has the potential to grow in Scotland from its current value of £1.1bn, to nearly £1.7bn with the addition of 5,700 new jobs.

The three-year agreement with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will include opportunities such as a City Circle Scan, in partnership with Circle Economy Netherlands, which aims to provide an understanding of resource, energy and financial flows that move through the city and surrounding region; a  Zero Waste BOOST camp for key influencers; and the chance for Glasgow-based businesses to become involved in ground-breaking pilot projects, with the aim of making Glasgow a ‘Circular Economy Business Hotspot’. 

If successful, Zero Waste Scotland could roll out initiatives across other parts of Scotland – setting Glasgow at the heart of progressive action on the circular economy. 

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Scotland is already recognised globally as a front-runner in putting the circular economy into practice.  We will soon become one of the first countries in the world to have a government strategy for accelerating the circular economy and we’re leading the way with practical projects, pilots and business support. 

“This new partnership with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is an important step towards engaging the business community in our aspirations, and helping them take steps to achieve new ways of working which are more circular – for both the benefit of the individual business and Scotland’s broader economy.  This partnership compliments a range of activities we are pursuing with the aim of identifying opportunities for businesses to become more circular, and supporting those transitions – and we plan to build up our support to businesses in this area in coming years.

“What’s great about moving towards more circular business models and practices is that there’s potential for businesses to maximise the value of their resources, achieve greater long-term sustainability, and contribute to a more secure local economy.  With these benefits on the table there’s no doubt it’s worth exploring.”

Alison McRae, Projects Director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said:

“This is a very exciting programme that will see us working at the cutting edge on the circular economy agenda with Glasgow’s business community.

“The strategic agreement will continue and enhance Glasgow Chamber’s reputation for developing innovative thinking and creating new ways of doing things that in this case will benefit both profits and the planet.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland on this innovative programme.”

Other aspects of the partnership will see Zero Waste Scotland contribute to Glasgow Chamber’s dedicated Green Business Network and work with the Chamber to raise awareness of a wide range of initiatives which are of interest and benefit to members.

Notes For Editors

  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has been supporting its members and championing Glasgow for over 230 years, and is one of the oldest organisations of its kind in the world.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources. 
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