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Collaboration at a national and international level is crucial if we are to transition to a circular economy. 

Zero Waste Scotland work closely with professional networks, industry and other key delivery bodies to ensure the circular economy is embraced in Scotland.

These collaborators include:


Scotland was the first country to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 network.

The CE100 is a global network set up by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) to bring together leading companies, emerging innovators and regions to accelerate the development of a circular economy.

By being part of the CE100, the Scottish Government can share its success with others and play a leadership role in the development of the circular economy.

It also helps Scotland build partnerships with businesses, innovators and other regions to capitalise on emerging opportunities.

We support the Scottish Government in its membership of the CE100.  We coordinate a network of 10 Scottish SMEs who can benefit from access to CE100 events and resources.  Connecting Scottish innovators with the global CE100 network will create opportunities to accelerate the circular economy in Scotland.

Innovation Centres

We work in collaboration with Scotland’s Innovation Centres to promote circular economy innovation via research and development, particularly in those key sectors as identified in the “Making Things Last” strategy such as Food and Drink (bioeconomy), construction and energy.

The aim of Scotland’s Innovation Centres is to help businesses of all sizes increase the pace of innovation in order to grow and strengthen our economy for the future. We know that our future economic model has to be a circular economy, therefore collaboration with Innovation Centres in the pursuit of our common goal is essential.

In particular, we work in close partnership with the Industrial Biotechnolgy Centre (IBioIC) for the acceleration of Scotland’s bioeconomy. We also collaborate with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC).

Scottish Circular Economy Business Network (SCEBN)

We are founding members of “The Scottish Circular Economy Business Network (SCEBN)” in partnership with Scottish Enterprise (SE), Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The SCEBN is Scotland’s platform for engaged, innovative and forward thinking business leaders to work collaboratively, sharing and building on good practice in order to lead the transition towards a circular economy for Scotland.

Overseen by an active and responsive steering group, the SCEBN provides opportunities for businesses based in Scotland to come together in a productive forum to focus on collaborative action and working together as dynamic and engaged business ambassadors for the circular economy in Scotland. The SCEBN also provides the space and opportunity to help build responsive and networked supply chains.

The Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy, Making Things Last, outlines the ambition for Scotland to be recognised as a global leader in the circular economy (action point 11).  As a key part of that ambition, the SCEBN will help support and “develop business-led initiatives to promote the opportunities of a more circular approach”. 

Businesses with an interest in becoming involved in the network, should contact peter.mccafferty@zerowastescotland.org.uk

Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR)

In partnership with Funding Council, we have jointly funded the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) which was established in May 2015.

Its goal is to accelerate the move towards a circular economy in Scotland through product remanufacture, reconditioning, repair and re-use by bringing industry and academia together.

Businesses of all sizes are invited to engage with SIR for support in responding to technical challenges to increase re-use, repair and remanufacture in their manufacturing operations. Support on offer includes access to expertise, matched funding, training and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

SIR is one of only four global centres of excellence for remanufacturing and is located within the University of Strathclyde.

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