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 Innovation in Infrastructure that was launched in April 2016.

The waste and resources, water and energy sectors are currently looking for innovative solutions to meet circular economy and resource challenges. 

Want to get in front of that market? Let WRc help you. The Innovators’ Challenge gives you the chance to receive a unique and dynamic support package aimed to help you prepare for a pitch to buyers (actively interested in your products) at a full day event in March 2017.

Find out more or apply now for the Innovators’ Challenge.

Applications close Friday 24th March 2017.


Resources Scotland Conference Raises the Bar

WRc attended the Resources Scotland Conference in Edinburgh on Oct 5 & 6. One of the most interesting parts was the joined-up and consistent approach, especially when compared to England. There was a coherent and strong message given to the sector by the Minister, Roseanna Cunningham MSP and representation from her office across the two days, with people really taking note of what was being said. Excitingly, Scotland is actively engaged in the circular economy and aims to have its own Circular Economy Act that WRc were asked to contribute to. See more.

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.

As this is the first in the series, please do contact Philippa at if you think your organisation has a case study that it would like to share. We would love to hear from you.

Philippa Robertshead of Circular economy Tel: +44 (0) 7779 655329