Aims of the project:

A collaborative campaign is being enabled by a consortia of businesses and organisations from across Yorkshire including; York, North Yorkshire & East Riding EnterprisePartnership,Realise Possibilities, FSB, York University, Nestle, Engineering UK, FERA, and YorkshireWater.

The campaign aims to raise the awareness of a circular economy, aiming for Yorkshire to become the UK’s first circular region, Circular Yorkshire. The campaign wants to build a broader understanding of what a circular economy is and encourages collaboration, the sharing of the financial benefits and positive environmental impacts that circular practices can invoke.

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding area is made up of an abundance of distinctive places boasting a beautiful coast line, market towns, vibrant centres, two national parks, high quality agricultural land and a large food manufacturing base.However our economy is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, declining natural capital and increased prices of raw materials.

We’re consuming our planet’s resources faster than they’re being replaced and we’re continuing to produce substantial amounts of carbon emissions.Across the world, and in our region, governments and local authorities are declaring climate emergencies. We need to take action now, to transform the way we live and do business if we’re to meet the challenge of climate change. To start the transformation to a circular economy, there are some clear steps that businesses and communities can take to save Energy, rethink packaging, reduce waste, optimise equipment, boost branding and make products last forever.

The Circular Yorkshire centres on a strategy and action plan for a carbon neutral circular economy in Yorkshire, and sharing case studies of businesses who are already practicing circularity and appeal to you to make a pledge for change in your own business or organisation. The success of Circular Yorkshire requires true collaboration, a commitment and desire as a region to work together to see ambitions achieved.Implementing new systems, processes and technologies to make businesses more competitive, whilst at the same time reducing our carbon impact in the area.

Not all regions are centred on a large metropolis and in Yorkshire, there is a need to look at circular regions, not just cities – otherwise there is a danger of leaving behind rural areas and smaller towns, in tackling wider systemic issues.

Moving from linear to circular brings challenges: building momentum with stakeholders and installing confidence – highlighted the need for a strategy that could demonstrate the journey and can track progress.

In Yorkshire, the focus is on key sectors: construction, agriculture, food/drink and hospitality, waste and recycling

The strategy has focused on challenges rather than material and resource flows initially to ensure that early actions really tackled the biggest issues each sector was facing – demonstrate impact that circular economy actions can take.

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