What is the circular economy?
This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 18 June to 28 August 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.
A Circular Economy is an alternative to the wasteful traditional ‘linear’ economy based on ‘take, make, use and dispose’. It's a self-sustaining system driven by renewable energy with an imperative to keep material resources in use, or ‘circulating’ for as long as possible. It extracts the maximum value from these resources while in use, then recovers and regenerates products and materials.
A truly Circular Economy is driven by renewable flows, rather than finite stocks. It depends on renewable energy sources, including wind, solar and bioenergy, rather than coal and other fossil fuels and materials from renewable sources.
You can find out more about the Circular Economy in the Green Industries website.
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