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Six key business streams announced for Scotland’s Circular Economy Hotspot

Leaders of innovative businesses operating in six of Scotland’s key business sectors, who will showcase their work to make our resources last and transform Scotland’s economy, are set to open their doors as part of a diverse visit programme for Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland, it was announced today (Friday 27 July 2018).

27 Jul 18

Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland is a prestigious, three-day international event set to take place in Glasgow, between the 30 October and 1 November 2018. Registration is now open.

The event is being delivered by Zero Waste Scotland in partnership with Circular Glasgow, an initiative delivered by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, funded by Zero Waste Scotland and backed by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

The event will give delegates the opportunity to meet and hear from Scottish businesses and key partners, including some business site visits.  Delegates can choose one of six sector-themed ‘discovery tours’, and organisers urge those interested to book their conference ticket and register their place on the tour of their choice as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

The six discovery tours available for delegates to choose from are:

  • Plastic solutions in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), featuring projects seeking innovative alternatives to plastics and minimising their single use
  • Manufacturing in partnership with the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS), Scottish Enterprise, showing how Scotland’s manufacturers are “making things last” when it comes to resources
  • Construction in partnership with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, demonstrating how Scotland is building a circular economy from the point of architectural design through to build phase  
  • Food and drink in partnership with Scotland Food and Drink, allowing delegates to sample how we are working with the food and drink supply chain to retain and maximise the value of materials that go into producing food and drink.
  • Bioeconomy in partnership with The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), highlighting ‘bio’ resources as a priority area with the greatest opportunity to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for Scotland.
  • Circular Economy in the Community in partnership with Revolve, Scotland’s national quality standard for re-use organisations, incorporating visits to community-based organisations re-using, re-making and re-selling consumer goods.

The event will also welcome some of the most influential thought leaders on sustainability and the circular economy, including Dr Leyla Acaroglu, sustainability ‘provocateur’ and United Nations Champion of the Earth 2016, and Walter Stahel, one of the world’s most eminent thinkers on the circular economy. They will be joined by Gary Gillespie, the Scottish Government’s Chief Economic Advisor and Dr Katherine Trebeck, Research Director of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, with more speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“I’m delighted that Walter Stahel and Dr Acaroglu will be joining us in Glasgow later this year to share their key insights with delegates attending the Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland. It’s exciting that we can hear from world-leading experts of their stature, and that we can demonstrate, with the input of our business partners at the event, how Scotland is truly leading the way in sustainability across many business sectors.

“All sectors and regions can benefit from becoming ‘circular’; it’s the key to keeping businesses sustainable. Delegates will see how a variety of industries and regions have adopted circular practices and how innovative collaborations were born. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of Scotland’s first Circular Economy Hotspot by registering now and securing your place on one of the discovery tours.”

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

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming each of the organisations currently developing circular business strategies and hearing from global experts about ways our business community can transition towards circularity. 

“As Glasgow Chamber of Commerce works to position Glasgow as a leading circular city, it’s vital to engage with global game changes within each sector. The pace of change is daily, and as new businesses continue to commit to a circular goal there has never been a better time for Glasgow to host the Circular Economy Hotspot.”

The Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland will also offer unique networking opportunities for delegates, with potential to foster new connections between local businesses as well as international connections within the circular economy landscape.

Across Europe, shifting towards a more circular economy could generate £1.4trillion of annual benefits by 2030.

Zero Waste Scotland leads on delivery of the £73 million Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which aims to improve the economic performance of SMEs while at the same time reducing the impact of economic activity on the natural environment, supporting Scottish Government and EU policies.

To register go to http://www.circulareconomyhotspot.scot/

Join the discussion on Twitter at #CEHotspotScot


Notes For Editors

About the Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland

  • Following a successful, competitive pitch against other nations, Scotland was chosen to host the Circular Economy Hotspot 2018: a unique international trade mission highlighting sustainable innovation and expertise. The event is expected to attract around 300 of the world’s leading decision-makers, trade representatives, investors and circular economy entrepreneurs.

About Zero Waste Scotland

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • Zero Waste Scotland leads on delivery of the £73 million Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which aims to improve the economic performance of SMEs while at the same time reducing the impact of economic activity on the natural environment, supporting Scottish Government and EU policies.
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn


About Circular Glasgow

  • Circular Glasgow is a movement to inspire businesses of all sizes to innovate and become future-proof by adopting circular strategies. This current phase involves a programme of activity aimed at SMEs to provide support, tools and expert knowledge. It will connect companies across the city helping them to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realise financial savings using a range of practical initiatives.
  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce hosts Circular Glasgow and is responsible for delivering this programme alongside key stakeholders: Zero Waste Scotland, Circle Economy (global market experts based in the Netherlands), Glasgow City Council and the University of Strathclyde. To find out more, visit www.circularglasgow.com  


Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has a membership of 1200 businesses from Glasgow and its wider metropolitan region.  The Chamber’s mission is to support its members in the growth of their businesses and to champion the economic success of Glasgow; supporting members, championing Glasgow.


Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS), Scottish Enterprise

  • The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service provides companies of all sizes throughout Scotland with expert advice, one-to-one support. training and events.  SMAS aims to increase the overall competitiveness of the Scottish manufacturing base by encouraging companies to start and continue on a path to continuous improvement.
  • Scottish Enterprise Sustainability Specialists work with companies of all sizes across all sectors to help them do things better, more efficiently and with a reduced impact on the environment.  The team provides advice and support on efficiency, environmental management and developing processes and business models aligned to the Circular Economy.

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC)

  • IBioIC - is a specialist in the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) sector, designed to stimulate the growth of the IB sector in Scotland to £900 million by 2025. The Centre is a connector between industry, academia and government, investing in and facilitating access to expertise, equipment and education in order to grow the industry into a powerhouse of Scotland’s economy. For more information visit: http://ibioic.com/  

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

  • CSIC supports Scotland’s construction related businesses to innovate, collaborate and grow by matching innovation requirements with business support and academic specialists. Focusing on innovation support around Business models, Products, Processes and Service models, CSIC offers advice, funding, facilitation and access to cutting edge equipment and expertise, improving Scotland’s global competitiveness and delivering social, environmental and economic impact. CSIC facilitates collaboration with Scottish businesses, academia (through 13 partner universities) and public-sector organisations, enabling projects to benefit from Scotland’s world renowned skills and expertise in areas such as BIM, Advanced Materials, Automation and Robotics, Low Carbon Solutions, Virtual and Augmented Reality and Smart Cities.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

  • Every day, SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment, helping communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet.   As Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, SEPA’s role is to ensure that the environment and human health are protected and improved, in ways that contribute to sustainable economic growth.
  • SEPA’s Waste to Resources Framework, published in October 2016, set the guiding principles and direction for waste and resource management that will help to shape Scotland’s circular economy and deliver the vision of One Planet Prosperity.

Scotland Food & Drink

  • Scotland Food & Drink is the industry leadership organisation tasked with driving responsible growth for the sector and building Scotland’s global reputation as a Land of Food and Drink. We are also a membership organisation with over 400 companies at our heart. We lead on the industry strategy, Ambition 2030, which aims to double the value of the country's farming, fishing, food and drink industry to £30 billion by 2030.  For further information visit: www.foodanddrink.scot 



  • Revolve, Scotland’s national re-use quality standard, aims to increase re-use by improving professionalism, customer experience and visibility of re-use organisations. Revolve certification gives shoppers confidence that the second-hand goods they buy are good quality and from a reputable retailer. There are now 125 Revolve certified stores across Scotland, including Pedalwise.

For media enquiries contact:

Yvonne Gallacher
m: 07576 785 001
e: yvonne.gallacher@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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