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First Minister to address international Circular Economy event in Glasgow

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will address the Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland, hosts Zero Waste Scotland have announced today (Wednesday 19 September 2018).

19 Sep 18

She will address the global gathering of circular economy experts, policy makers, and business leaders at one of the world’s most prestigious sustainable business events.

Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland runs from 30 October to 1 November and is being delivered by Zero Waste Scotland in partnership with Circular Glasgow, with support from the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

The circular economy is about developing new business models, designing products more smartly, remanufacturing and repairing in order to minimise waste and keep products and materials within the economy for as long as possible.

Following large-scale inaugural events in The Netherlands and Luxembourg, the Hotspot will demonstrate Scotland's award-winning progress as a leading circular economy nation on the world stage. Delegates will also be able to choose from one of six sector-themed Discovery Tours on which they will meet with pioneering Scottish businesses.

The First Minister will speak on the morning of Wednesday 31 October. Other guest speakers include:

  • Dr Leyla Acaroglu, United Nations Champion of the Earth 2016
  • Dr Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of UN International Resource Panel and former European Commissioner for Environment
  • Walter Stahel, architect and industrial analyst, credited with having coined the expression ‘cradle to-cradle’
  • Gary Gillespie, Chief Economic Advisor, Scottish Government
  • Dr Katherine Trebeck, Research Director, the Wellbeing Alliance


Further information, including the full list of speakers and details of the six sectoral Discovery Tours, is available on the Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland website: http://www.circulareconomyhotspot.scot/

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“I am delighted that the First Minister has agreed to address what is set to be one of the major circular economy events of the year, not just in Scotland, but globally.

“This is an exciting time in Scotland’s journey towards becoming a fully circular economy. With the public and businesses more attuned than ever to the problems caused by waste and climate change, there has never been a better time to be making the case for making things last and getting maximum value from our resources.

“At Zero Waste Scotland, we have been able to support and work with some of the country’s most creative and innovative businesses and I look forward to sharing their story with an international audience.”

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and City Convener for Inclusive Economic Growth, said:

“This event will bring new ideas from an economic model that promises to contribute a great deal to the growth of a more sustainable economy.  We very much support the development of the circular economy in Glasgow, and look forward to learning about what will be discussed and promoted at the Hotspot next month.”


Notes For Editors

Editor’s Notes

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • Zero Waste Scotland leads on delivery of the £73 million Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which aims to improve the economic performance of SMEs while at the same time reducing the impact of economic activity on the natural environment, supporting Scottish Government and EU policies.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

About Circular Glasgow

  • Circular Glasgow is a movement to inspire businesses of all sizes to innovate and become future-proof by adopting circular strategies. This current phase involves a programme of activity aimed at SMEs to provide support, tools and expert knowledge. It will connect companies across the city helping them to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realise financial savings using a range of practical initiatives.
  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce hosts Circular Glasgow and is responsible for delivering this programme alongside key stakeholders: Zero Waste Scotland, Circle Economy (global market experts based in the Netherlands), Glasgow City Council and the University of Strathclyde. To find out more, visit www.circularglasgow.com
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