What is Circular Economy?
A circular economy is a more efficient and environmentally sound alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose). It is one in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is a partnership of the Mayor of London and the London boroughs to improve waste and resource management. The city’s economic and environmental future depends on our transitioning to a low-carbon circular economy. LWARB work to ensure that London’s businesses, local government and communities thrive by helping them make the very best use of resources and materials.
LWARB Circular London Programme
LWARB's Circular London programme creates the conditions required to allow a circular economy to flourish in the capital. The programme has a broad remit to accelerate the circular economy in London and includes their world-leading Advance London business advisory programme. Which is jointly funded by LWARB and the European Regional Development Fund – an investment programme designed to offer support to circular economy businesses at various stage of maturity.
Work areas include:
Circular investment for London’s start-ups, SMEs and innovators
Business model pilots and demonstrators
SME business support
Networking and community building
Accelerator programmes for circular innovators
As part of the programme, LWARB published a Circular Economy Route Map in June 2017. And in 2018 launched a community for circular economy advocates as part of London’s first ever Circular Economy Week.
The community continues to grow and gather organisations in London to encourage collaboration and demonstration. To find out more about the community and Circular Economy Week, visit www.circularlondon.org