Reviewing the circular economy in action
We started 2023 by discussing UK’s resource productivity targets, tools, and metrics along with their implication for new services and business models as we strive to deliver a low carbon economy. Four months on, we are keen to revisit the circular economy journey and discuss specific progress being made by companies as they look to develop net zero and greater circularity.
Circular economy is widely recognised as a key part of UK’s transition towards resource efficiency, resource security and lower carbon emissions. But it is more than just a low carbon opportunity because it can deliver significant savings to business in terms of materials, water consumption, energy demand and waste generation.
So why is it that businesses are failing to make the kind of progress we had hoped?
The Environment Act failed to address the need to curb resource productivity, and instead targeted halving residual waste generation by 2024. So how can businesses realistically drive change throughout their supply chains, adopt new business models and rethink their customer engagement to deliver this revolution in resource use?
Join our panel of industry experts to hear about their own journeys on going circular, to discuss how cross-sector initiatives may open the door to more circular options, and to reflect on overcoming the barriers to innovation and disruption that are holding back organisations right now. What can we do to build momentum, what is the role of a resource management company in supporting customer and supplier change, and what help do we need from others to make the circular economy a cornerstone of our net zero activities?
- Maya DeSouza, Circular Economy Director, BITC (Business in the community)
- Ann Beavis, Head of Sustainable Development, Crown Workspace
- Wendy Storey, Procurement Sustainability and Compliance Manager, SUEZ
- Dr Adam Read, Chief External Affairs and Sustainability Officer, SUEZ
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