Making things last instead of throwing them away could make a drastic difference in the fight against climate change, according to Zero Waste Scotland’s new report, Carbon Impacts of the Circular Economy.
The report sets out how actions such as repairing, reusing and remanufacturing could slash Scottish greenhouse gas emissions by up to 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050 – the equivalent of almost 275 million return car journeys from Edinburgh to Glasgow.
The report is one of the first to quantify the environmental benefits of moving to a more circular economy.
Speaking from the EU’s Environmental Council, Scotland’s Environment and Climate Change Minister, Aileen McLeod said: “The report shows the importance of thinking about the things we can consume as a society, regardless of where they come from. Moving to a circular economy will reduce emissions here in Scotland and around the world too, whilst still growing our national economy.”