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The carbon impacts of the circular economy

This project uses Scotland’s ground-breaking Carbon Metric, as well as other peer reviewed research conducted by Zero Waste Scotland, to quantify the potential carbon impacts of a more circular economy in Scotland. 

The report’s key findings are:

  • Material consumption is responsible for over two thirds of Scotland’s carbon emissions.
  • A more circular Scottish economy could reduce territorial emissions by 11 million tonnes CO2e per year by 2050 compared to BAU, while providing continued economic growth.
  • Nearly 1 in every 5 tonnes of material flowing through the Scottish economy is waste.
  • Regardless of carbon accounting methodology (territorial vs. consumption), a more circular could significantly reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint without sacrificing economic prosperity.

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You can access the summary and technical reports by clicking on the appropriate related document on this page.

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