As part of WRc’s Circular Economy Initiative, we were proud to co-sponsor the launch of a new essay collection on resource efficiency in supply chains. Philippa Roberts and Carmen Snowden from WRc wrote the section about the supply chain in the utilities sector for the ASPRG (All Party Sustainable Resource Group) essay collection. The resulting thought-piece can be found online here.
The essay collection was launched at an event on February 9th in Portcullis House in Westminster, with a great range of speakers. It was introduced and chaired 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 then stimulated the discussions that extended into networking after the event. Philippa 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. It’s fair to say that there was consensus that voluntary arrangements alone would not be effective enough. While they may be good at getting things started, such as the Courtauld Agreement with food waste, the evidence does not yet exist to suggest that 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.
If you are interested in finding out more about WRc’s work in this area, or would like a hard copy of the report, please contact Philippa Roberts on 07779 655329 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.