The Scottish Government has announced a collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with the aim of boosting its zero waste plans.
The Scottish Government is the first governmental member to join the foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100), a network set up by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate a transition to a circular economy within the next three years.
Environment secretary Richard Lochhead (left) told a meeting on the circular economy in Sweden: “Scotland’s economy will benefit from moving to a more circular model of production and consumption. Our Zero Waste Plan is already delivering important actions to make better use of resources, and we can accelerate progress if we join together with others on a global level.
“Joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 gives Scotland an excellent opportunity to share its own successes with others, and to take a leadership role in a growing global movement.”
The network contains 40 businesses and organisations.
Jamie Butterworth, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, welcomed the move by the Scottish Government, saying: “Regions and governments will play an important enabling role within this initiative and in a transition towards a circular economy by supporting businesses in developing new markets and generating informed policy.”
Scotland’s involvement in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 follows the recent launch of the Resource Efficient Scotland initiative, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, which will helps Scottish businesses and organisations save money by helping them use resources more efficiently.