Zero Waste Scotland Shares Resource Efficiency Learning at Green Week

Representatives from Zero Waste Scotland will have a unique opportunity to share knowledge and develop learning on resource efficiency and the circular economy, which have huge potential for the environment and jobs, when the organisation makes its first trip to Green Week in 2014.

3 Jun 14

The themes of this year’s event, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, are Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency and Waste – all key priorities for Zero Waste Scotland. It works to maximise the efficient use of some of Scotland’s most valuable resources – materials, energy and water – to achieve economic and environmental benefits.

Zero Waste Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government to deliver its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon policies, was invited to attend to share the unique nature of its work and achievements on recycling and resource efficiency with European policy professionals. The organisation will have a stand at the main exhibition from 3rd – 5th June and hosts a side event at Scotland House on Tuesday 3rd June. Director Iain Gulland will also be taking part in a panel session on Wednesday 4th June, on waste targets and the circular economy.

Attendance at a major international event focussing on the circular economy comes shortly after Zero Waste Scotland Director Iain Gulland reported to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee that developing a circular economy is a huge opportunity to boost jobs ad meet environmental targets in Scotland, during an evidence session.

The organisation will this year focus on supporting the development of a circular economy in Scotland; implementing resource efficiency savings; harnessing the value of recycling; transforming attitudes to food waste; reducing the impacts of litter and accelerating the development of low carbon heat.

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Zero Waste Scotland is delighted to be take part in such a major international event as Green Week, to have been selected to host an evening event and for myself, to appear in a panel on achieving waste targets in a circular economy.

“We will use these opportunities to promote and share our experience from working in Scotland to develop vitally important resource efficiency and circular economy initiatives. We hope to learn as much as possible from delegates about their experience and thinking, during this period of exciting and fast-paced development in resource efficiency policy.”

He added:

“The circular economy agenda is developing fast at national and international level. This event comes just a few weeks since I gave evidence, together with other Scottish organisations, to the Scottish Parliament on the opportunity we have to create jobs and meet our environmental targets, through developing the circular economy.”

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead said:


“We are delighted that Zero Waste Scotland was invited to attend Green Week 2014. Scotland’s participation underlines our regard for the event and the value of this year’s theme of Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency, and Waste.


“With increasing global demand for resources, and the world population predicted to grow to 10.5 billion by 2075, we all have to do our bit by using our resources more wisely. We are making this a big priority in Scotland, with an ambitious programme of actions on resource efficiency and positioning our nation to benefit from a more circular economy.”


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