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Co-producing a Vision and Approach for the Transition towards a Circular Economy: Perspectives from Government Partners

Version 1 : Received: 2 February 2018 / Approved: 5 February 2018 / Online: 5 February 2018 (03:27:02 CET)

How to cite: Velenturf, A.P.M.; Purnell, P.; Tregent, M.; Ferguson, J.; Holmes, A. Co-producing a Vision and Approach for the Transition towards a Circular Economy: Perspectives from Government Partners. Preprints 2018, 2018020024 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201802.0024.v1). Velenturf, A.P.M.; Purnell, P.; Tregent, M.; Ferguson, J.; Holmes, A. Co-producing a Vision and Approach for the Transition towards a Circular Economy: Perspectives from Government Partners. Preprints 2018, 2018020024 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201802.0024.v1).

Abstract

The UK economy is overly reliant on unsustainable production and consumption practices, depleting finite resources at rates that will increase production costs, business risk and economic instability. This over-consumption produces emissions and waste that cause climate change and environmental degradation, impacting on the wellbeing of people in the UK and beyond. The Resource Recovery from Waste programme (RRfW) promotes a transition towards waste and resource management in a circular economy that restores the environment, creates societal benefits and promotes clean growth by engaging relevant actors in the transition process. RRfW collaborates with academia, government, and industry to co-produce a shared vision and approach to realise such a transition. Reflecting insights from RRfW’s government engagement, this article presents a positive outlook for changing the UK economy and society. It envisions a long-term future for waste and resource management that maximises the value of materials by circulating them in the economy for as long as possible. Four themes and an approach are proposed, including recommendations for regulatory instruments and a stable policy framework. It recommends further collaborative research to capitalise on opportunities for economic growth, innovation and resilient infrastructure whilst contributing to quality jobs and welfare in all four UK nations.

Subject Areas

resource efficiency; zero waste; resource recovery from waste; low-carbon economy; circular economy infrastructure; clean growth; resource productivity; sustainable development goals; transdisciplinary research; participatory action research

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