Brought to you by edie and Local Authority Waste & Recycling (LAWR) and sponsored for a second year by FCC Environment, the Resource Revolution is redefining the concept of waste and revolutionising the way society thinks and deals with it.

Energy security and raw material scarcity are driving radical new business models around recovery and reuse. The transition from waste to resource not only requires more strategic thinking, but smarter ways of working.

Resource management is shifting from a linear to circular economy, causing the emergence of closed loop models that power innovation.

As the circular economy of the future began to emerge, the first phase of our campaign examined how far business and the waste supply chain were along the path towards smarter resource management.

The next phase of the Resource Revolution will examine how the circular economy agenda can be made relevant to business, regardless of size or sector, and explore the practicalities of making it work.

We are currently creating a guiding blueprint for meeting the challenges faced by organisations in working towards a circular economy, and set out key priorities for action.

The blueprint, to be published at the end of the year, will be drawn from research undertaken in collaboration with businesses and a specially convened panel of sustainability and circular economy experts across a multi-disciplinary stakeholder spectrum – including policy advisors, think tanks, business leaders, academics, consultants and designers.

The principles will then be tested by applying them to key sectors and key topics, enabling us to drill down on the detail and present tailored solutions for specific issues.

Commenting on their continued support of the Resource Revolution, FCC Environment sales and marketing director Kristian Dales said: “Sponsoring the Resource Revolution was tremendously valuable for us last year as it helped shape our approach to the circular economy and allowed us share learning with a number of leading figures from a range of organisations.”

FCC will sponsor the blueprint report and the first in a series of webinars that follow it to discuss the research findings, the specific business barriers to delivering a circular economy and the opportunities new thinking presents.

Key outputs of the first phase included an authoritative White Paper, a series of high-level multi-media interviews, a live panel discussion and a brand new, high-profile gala awards event sponsored by the Carbon Trust.

Maxine Perella

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