The importance of the Circular Economy – why we should all be interested

The British Antarctic Survey and Cambridge Network are holding a free afternoon occasion on Monday 26th February to discover the round financial system from 5 key factors of view:

  • supplies (not simply plastic!)
  • retailing
  • water
  • infrastructure
  • coverage.

If you might have a artistic thoughts and wish to be half of the resolution, please come alongside.

Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ financial mannequin depends on massive portions of low cost, simply accessible supplies and vitality, and is a mannequin that’s reaching its bodily restrict. We can now not use assets to supply gadgets which might be used simply as soon as, with no reuse, restoration or regeneration of merchandise constructed into the life cycle course of.  The plastics disaster is now well-known, partly due to Blue Planet II, however examination of manufacturing and reuse processes of supplies equivalent to metal, concrete, aluminium and paper in addition to plastics is equally as necessary.

Dr Jonathan Cullen, University Lecturer in Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure from the University of Cambridge will discover some of the metrics and context for supplies in the round financial system.

The second speaker, Mike Barry, is head of Marks and Spencer’s Plan A, a groundbreaking five-year plan to handle a variety of environmental and social points.  Plan A is M&S’ manner to assist construct a sustainable future by being a enterprise that permits their clients to have a optimistic influence on wellbeing, communities and the planet by means of all that they do.  It covers areas equivalent to clothes and residential, meals and meals waste, property and development, retail operations and group engagement.

Following Mike will be Sarah D’Arcy, Sustainability Manager & Lead for marketing campaign ‘Love Every Drop’ at Anglian Water, who will current the round financial system from a Utilities view. Long-term entry to safe provides of water is one of the most urgent environmental and financial challenges the world faces immediately and attending to grips with that isn’t one thing that may wait till tomorrow.

The constructed atmosphere view will be outlined by Richard Boyd, Senior Engineer and Circular Economy Lead for Arup. While the Circular Economy is an element of the reply, Richard will argue that further approaches are wanted (useful resource effectivity, materials substitution) and can embody particulars of some initiatives Arup is engaged on.

The last speaker Dustin Benton, Policy Director, Green Alliance will speak about the coverage facet of a round financial system, linking it to the Industrial Strategy and May’s ‘global leadership’ announcement, and what this might imply for funding connecting excessive worth experience in Cambridge to business wants.

After the spherical of talks, the day will finish with a panel dialogue led by Dr David Greenfield, from SOENECS & Circular Economy Club who has been working in the coverage enviornment on Circular Economy for over 5 years. He will chair questions submitted by the viewers on the day.

After the occasion, focus teams round the completely different areas will be launched for delegates to interact with additional.

This fascinating occasion is free to attend and open to all – join at https://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/events/circulareconomy/

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