News: Green Alliance Identifies Circular Economy Wins For Scotland
A new report published by the Green Alliance has identified how Scotland can move toward a more circular economy, by identifying potential opportunities in three exemplar sectors where the country is well positioned to do so.
Friday, 16th January 2015
Darrel Moore writes for CIWM:Working with the businesses in the UKs Circular Economy Task Force, Green Alliances analysis shows how Scotland could help to make its economy more circular, by assessing potential opportunities in three exemplar sectors, and developing these into a wider suite of lessons for government as a whole. Those sectors are oil and gas, food and drink and the finance sector. The report shows the wider lessons, suggesting government should focus on how Scotland might capture the biggest circular economy opportunities. Scotland is already ahead in resource efficiency opportunities, particularly for materials, the report suggests. "We draw out scenarios based on the interaction between opportunities and all decision makers appetite for risk, desire for government intervention and the political will to act, Green Alliance states. As such, recommendations for action in specific sectors are presented as a menu of options." "Scotlands existing policies are beginning to spread better resource management already. Therefore, we have focused our recommendations on what more can be done to exploit more radical circular economy opportunities." Green Alliance says the country is well positioned to capitalise on its high social connectedness and policy leadership on low carbon technology to develop and pilot more innovative, valuable, and ambitious circular economy business models and technologies. To enable this to happen, Green Alliance says that Scotland needs a targeted, challenge-led innovation strategy, run by institutions empowered to drive technically risky, but potential big win circular economy pilot projects. Scotlands existing innovation institutions could fulfil this role, if politicians provide a mandate for them to be bold, bearing in mind that innovation inevitably leads to failures as well as successes. "Achieving a circular economy in Scotland will involve a combination of diffusing established but not yet common business practices and technologies, and the development of radically new technologies and business models," the report concludes. "We see Scotlands industrial strategy for a circular economy essentially as an innovation strategy, grounded in a clear view of the countrys characteristics and the global challenges that face its businesses. We stress the importance of institutions, and the connectedness needed to foster collaboration down supply chains and across sectors. Scotland is in a strong position to benefit from first mover advantage in the development of a circular economy; the Scottish governments plan to develop a roadmap is the opportunity to make it happen." The full report can be downloaded from the link on the left.
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