Resource security and the role of the circular economy
Global demand for resources could treble in the next forty years, but access to resources is becoming more difficult as energy costs rise, resource-exporting countries impose restrictions and climate change impacts bite.
A long term strategy for resource security will involve significant changes to all sectors of the UK economy. A more circular economy, that rewards the stewardship of valuable resources, could help protect the economy from future shocks and uncertainties, reduce the environmental impacts of supply chains - from primary resource extraction to end-of-life - and open up new business opportunities.
This major Green Alliance conference, in association with the CBI, was a timely forum to discuss and debate the risks and opportunities of navigating this new landscape. Over 170 people from business, the policy community, civil society and academia came and debated how to build a framework for action that puts resource resilience at the heart of the green economy.