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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Newsflash: Head of Circular Economy at Zero Waste Scotland to Highlight New Economic Development Opportunities on 17 March in Glasgow

Discover the Economic Development Opportunities and Organisational Benefits from the Circular Economy 

2pm-4.30pm, Friday 17th March, Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Glasgow

Louise MacGregor, Head of Circular Economy at Zero Waste Scotland, is to discuss the economic development opportunities being generated by circular economy strategies in Scotland, including the unveiling of new demonstrator case studies from across the country.

The presentation will be given at a unique event in Glasgow on 17th March examining the practical benefits of the circular economy for organisations in all sectors. Those attending will also hear talks from lead researchers at the University of Strathclyde, and experts at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Young Enterprise Scotland. Furthermore, attendees will have the chance to engage in Q&A, discussion, and networking over refreshments in the headquarters of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.

This unique learning opportunity will be useful to businesses, consultancies, non-profit organisations, local and national government, public bodies, higher educational institutions, and any other organisation which can benefit from circular economy practices or offers advice and support in this area. Those interested in attending can book here to secure their place.

New Knowledge  and Practice on an Emerging Approach for Scotland

The event on 17th March is co-organised by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute and the Economic Development Association Scotland to promote knowledge and learning on the circular economy among the economic development community and further afield. It will explore  how this approach can produce organisational efficiencies, cost savings, business opportunities and job creation for organisations in Scotland.

Zero W aste Scotland is working to stimulate economic development opportunities across Scotland by engaging with businesses, trade bodies and regional organisations to identify and implement circular economy approaches across a number of key str ategic sectors.

From this work ZWS has a number of interesting case studies that demonstrate the potential benefits of this approach that the organisations would like to share with the wider economic development community.

Other speakers include: 

Dr Richard Lord & Fiona Deans from the University of Strathclyde  presenting cutting edge collaborative research on removing barriers to the circular economy in Scotland, as well as findings on best practice from other countries;
 
Martin Valenti of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency  on SEPA's One Planet Prosperity regulatory strategy and how organisations across sectors can benefit from this;
 
Geoff Leask and Lucy Morrison from Young Enterprise Scotland  presenting an innovative project to embed circular economy practices now and for the next generation. 
The circular economy is a key focus for the Scottish Government and was described in its Making Things Last circular economy strategy as "an economic, environmental and moral necessity [that] will help conserve our finite resources, help support jobs in our communities and improve our quality of life".

With representatives of national enterprise agencieslocal authoritieseconomic development consultancies, and key charities already confirmed as attending, all those interested are encouraged to RSVP as early as possible to avoid disappointment. More information can be found below.

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