Circular economy ‘could halve Europe’s industrial emissions by 2050’

New report suggests this could help make it possible to keep global warming below 2°C

Hull University leads £3.8m EU waste project

A £3.8 million project investigating sustainability and waste minimisation across Europe has been launched by the University of Hull. The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project aims to achieve a more circular economy across the continent, which would use resources for as long as possible before reusing or recycling their component materials. It hopes to deliver 15 […]

Dell spots golden opportunity with jewellery line

  Technology giant Dell has released a jewellery line made out of gold from recycled computer motherboards. The firm is collaborating with actress, entrepreneur and activist Nikki Reed to create the Circular Collection by Bayou with Love. The limited edition range includes 14- and 18-carat gold rings, earrings and cufflinks and aims to highlight the […]

Scotland ‘could generate £800m from leftovers’

Scotland could generate an additional £800 million by using food and drink waste to create biofuels and other materials. That’s the prediction from Zero Waste Scotland, which says this makes up only part of the total 27 million tonnes of biomaterial that could add value to the Scottish circular economy. The new report from the […]

Scotland offers £18m for the circular economy

Scottish energy businesses can now access up to £1 million of funding each to unlock new, sustainable opportunities for development. A total of £18 million worth of funding is available, provided by Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Firms with innovative ideas to help future-proof the industry are […]

Greener EU policies could save firms €600bn

Businesses in the EU could save €600 billion (£528bn) if Member States introduced new policies encouraging the shift to a circular economy. That’s according to a new report from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), which surveys the waste and sustainability credentials of 14 companies. The firms, which include Philips Lighting and ACCIONA, […]

New milestone for Scottish re-use circular economy

The Scottish circular economy has reached a new milestone today, with 100 quality-certified re-use stores and three superstores now in operation. Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced the landmark progress yesterday during a visit to Scotland’s first re-use hub, Blythswood Care in Dingwall. According to Zero Waste Scotland, every year thousands of reusable items needlessly […]

Electricals industry ‘could save £4.4bn by going greener’

The electricals industry could realise £4.4 billion of profit through adopting greener business models. That’s according to a new report from sustainability non-profit WRAP, which says the opportunity is being presented by a growing consumer appetite for circular economy practices such as take-back schemes and increased recycling. It says changing the way electrical products are […]

Sainsbury’s and Bosch get behind community fridges

Sainsbury’s and Bosch are among companies supporting a new network of community fridges across the UK. Environmental charity Hubbub aims to set up 50 sites across the UK within the next year to redistribute unwanted perishable food to low-income households in the local area and cut down on waste. The average British family wastes £470 a year by throwing […]

Circular economy ‘could benefit London by £7bn a year’

The circular economy could provide London with net benefits of at least £7 billion every year by 2036. That’s according to a new plan from the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), which lays out a series of actions to secure the first £2.8 billion of this potential opportunity. It suggests by becoming more efficient […]