Circular Economy

Resource efficiency supporting the
circular economy

A circular economy is one where resources are kept in circulation for as long as possible, at their highest value.  If you want to understand more about the circular economy and particularly its impact on the water sector, check out this short video here

WRc has a wealth of experience working across water, energy, resource management and their associated supply chains and so is well-placed to build partnerships and facilitate cross-sector working.

While the transition to a circular economy demands efficiencies and improvements in processes, it also requires an understanding of the wider context and a clear sense of strategic direction. WRc can help your organisation think creatively and develop these overarching frameworks, working better in partnership with others. We are leading in developing thought in this area with contributions to the APSRG publication “Driving resource efficiency across supply chains" and our report on Innovations in Infrastructure that was launched in April 2016.

WRc 5th Innovation Day – “Sharing Knowledge for a Changing World” and the “Circular Economy as a Driver for Change”

Keynotes from Ian McAulay (Viridor) and Jon Brigg (Yorkshire Water) highlighted the benefits of a circular economy approach and a hands-on workshop explored the challenges of applying circularity when building a town. See more.

Innovations in Infrastructure: Case Studies on the Transition to a Circular Economy

Innovations in Infrastructure is the first in a series of reports that will bring case studies of the best in our sectors to a wider audience. It is designed to be used as a tool when talking to policymakers, developers and anyone who would like to know more about the role infrastructure can play in the transition to a circular economy. Download.

Innovations in Plastics

Innovations in Plastics highlights the technologies, the thinking and the new products that will help us as we transition to a circular economy. The report presents case studies of new technologies for processing waste plastics from Recycling Technologies, Enval, Suez and the Thermal Compaction Group as well as new ways of thinking from RPC and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, both of whom emphasise the importance of design.  An example of new products that can be made from recycled materials is showcased by new swimwear brand Davy J. There are some fantastic images in this report and inspiration in the story of their products. Download.


Kathy Lewinhead of resource efficiency

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