Scottish Environment Secretary announces targeted circular economy funding

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A targeted funding call under the Circular Economy investment fund, has been revealed by Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

Under the scheme, local enterprise development bodies across Scotland will be able to accelerate a shift towards the circular economy in their regions.

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The circular regions funding call from Zero Waste Scotland will help enterprise networks to identify and implement circular economy ideas from SMEs.

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland (pictured) said: “This targeted call builds on a pilot last year with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce which completed a ‘circle scan’ of the regional economy to identify potential business growth opportunities, including a collaboration with Jaw Brew, an independent craft brewery and local bakery Aulds to develop a beer made by using waste bread.

“The project has proven very successful to date and other cities have expressed an interest in replicating this approach.

“This approach for regional SMEs will accelerate a circular economy throughout Scotland by helping businesses be resource efficient and by opening up collaboration opportunities. Our programme will deliver a step change in the scale, range and depth of existing resource efficiency work across all business and social economy sectors in Scotland.”

Grants are available from a minimum of £20,000 to a maximum of £1,000,000.