WRAP today (10 February) launches an exhibition at the Palace of Westminster, designed to show circular economy job opportunities for each Parliamentary constituency.
As part of this week-long exhibition, WRAP has also launched a new interactive online tool created through Google, which enables individuals to look at each constituency and understand the scope of circular economy employment potential.
WRAP and Green Alliance’s Employment and the Circular Economy – Job creation in a more resource efficient Britain’ report, offered a detailed view of regional job opportunities for Britain. On the basis of this report, it was estimated that over 210,000 new jobs could be needed across UK, and that figure rises to half a million if the circular economy agenda was to receive significant development.
Today’s launch aims to build on this work to demonstrate a detailed view of regional opportunities for the UK.
Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP said: “WRAP has shown the jobs potential for Continent, Country and Capital. But now we’re drilling right down to the Constituencies – delivering indicative figures for MPs and their constituencies”
Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP said: “WRAP has shown the jobs potential for Continent, Country and Capital. But now we’re drilling right down to the Constituencies – delivering indicative figures for MPs and their constituencies.
“Boosting the economy, providing jobs and protecting the environment are key issues for any government. However, the circular economy could offer real benefits in all three areas, and promises to turn these issues into opportunities”.
A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recovering and reusing products and materials. Circular economy jobs include repair, waste & recycling and rental & leasing sectors.
Examples of circular business models include designing goods to last longer, which can lead to greater reuse; greater repairability which can support the growing remanufacturing industry; and allowing for easy recovery of materials when a product is eventually recycled. Service models, which could include product maintenance and take back schemes as well as rental and peer-to-peer sharing models, also hold much potential.