I’m currently working with WRc on the circular economy. We were lucky enough to write a section for a new ASPRG (All Party Sustainable Resource Group) essay collection on resource efficiency in supply chains. The resulting thought-piece can be found online here.
The essay collection was launched at an event today in Portcullis House, with a great range of speakers. Introduced by Barry Sheerman MP and closed by Peter Aldous MP, the co-chairs of the essay collection.
There were interesting contributions from Professor Helen Walker from Cardiff Business School, Mark Varney from Fareshare, Sophie Thomas from the RSA and Ray Parmenter from Veolia. The questions and comments from the floor were just as interesting though. I asked whether the panel thought that we would get where we need to get, in terms of the circular economy, through voluntary measures alone, or whether something more was needed. I think it’s fair to say that there was consensus that voluntary just won’t do it. It may be good at getting things started, such as the Courtauld Agreement with food waste, but it hasn’t yet been seen to make a significant difference. And that significant difference, that comes either through radical or incremental change, is needed if we are to have a circular economy future.