The carbon impacts of the circular economy


16 June 2015

The carbon impacts of the circular economy - edie.net

This report uses Scotland’s ground-breaking Carbon Metric, as well as other peer-reviewed research conducted by Zero Waste Scotland, to quantify the potential carbon impacts of a more circular economy in Scotland.

The report is the first attempt to quantify the carbon impacts of a circular economy in Scotland and is one of the first globally to quantify the environmental impacts of the circular economy at a national scale. Decision makers should consider the uncertainties which are inherent to any new area of study when drawing conclusions from the results.

The analysis represents a bespoke approach, drawing on a life cycle thinking method to give an initial, high level description of the possible carbon impacts of a circular economy in Scotland.




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