The Circular Economy is about transitioning from a ‘take-make-dispose’ linear approach to resource use, to systems that encourage reuse and extraction of maximum value before returning resources to the biosphere.
Benefits for taking Circular Economy thinking and action further at the University include:
Researchers and practitioners at the University of Edinburgh have been working together to identify how principles of the Circular Economy can be embedded in Research, Learning & Teaching and Operations at the University of Edinburgh. The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) with support from Zero Waste Scotland facilitated a project between January and April 2015 with operational and academic colleagues. The Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) in the Business School was recruited to carry out the main piece of research, and smaller teams from the Schools of Geosciences and Chemistry also looked at practices within their own areas.