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Developing a Yorkshire Circular Economy Strategy: Workshop 2

Developing a Yorkshire Circular Economy Strategy: Workshop 2

23 November

Wednesday 23 November 2021, 10am

Hosted by Yorkshire Circular Lab

As part of the Yorkshire and Humber Local Authorities Chief Executive’s work programme to accelerate the transition to net-zero,  the Yorkshire Circular Lab have been commissioned to deliver two collaborative workshops to help shape the development of a Circular Economy Strategy for the region. This work will build upon the successes and lessons learnt from York and North Yorkshire LEP’s circular economy strategy and projects.

Why develop a Yorkshire circular economy strategy?

Circular economy principles aim to maximise the use of our precious resources and can help deliver regional economic recovery, the transition to net-zero, and improve social inclusion.

Yorkshire and Humber has a wealth of experience both in collaborative approaches and circular economy. Developing a coordinated strategy to expand a circular economy approach across the region would:

  • Achieve a greater scale of opportunity through joint projects – reducing costs and increasing impact
  • Deliver circular, low carbon solutions at pace – through increased collaboration, capacity, and capability  
  • Raise the profile of the region to establish Yorkshire and the Humber as a leader in the low carbon, circular economy transition - attracting innovative businesses and inward investment
  • Help make the most of interdependencies between rural and urban areas, creating new opportunities and sharing benefits across the region
What will the workshops cover?

The two workshop sessions will bring together local authority officers and wider stakeholders to provide a bottom-up approach to developing a circular economy work programme for the region.

The two workshops will build on each other so will work best if you can attend both. 

  • Workshop 1, 10:00 – 12:30  22 September: understanding what a circular economy could look like for Yorkshire, identifying opportunities and challenges
  • Workshop 2, 10:00 – 12:30 23 November: in-depth exploration of circular economy opportunities for local places and the wider region, identifying the changes needed and potential benefits
Who should attend?

This workshop will be of interest to the following groups:

  • Local authority officers with interests in net-zero, environment, economic recovery and job creation, procurement, social inclusion and communities, food systems, and resources and waste
  • Key industry stakeholders, including in water, agri-food, manufacturing and engineering, digital and green finance
  • Universities
  • Civic and voluntary sector  

How do I confirm my attendance?

We still welcome expressions of interest from wider stakeholders with an interest in circular economy to join the workshop. Please contact Dr Anne Velenturf for further information.

I’m still not sure, can I find out more about circular economy before I decide?

In the current linear economic model the norm is to take, make, briefly use and dispose of materials and serviceable products – it is not sustainable. A circular economy aims to make better use of materials and products. It designs products to last, that are fit for reuse, easy to repair and, eventually, recycle. Circular economy benefits both people and the planet, including by:

  • Business and job creation through reduced costs and increased competitiveness for resource intensive businesses, new revenue streams, and increased export opportunities of circular knowledge and technologies
  • Reduced CO2 emissions and strengthened climate resilience 
  • More connected and resilient communities through collective initiatives and community activities such as, for example, the sharing, repairing, and exchanging of products

If you want to find out more, the Yorkshire Circular Lab website has a range of information on circular economy including governance and business case studies from across Yorkshire and beyond. We will introduce various aspects of a circular economy to you in September via a weekly mailing before the first workshop. 

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas, then please do get in touch with