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Circular Towns Guide launched for Circular Yorkshire Week 2021 to help towns to grow

16/10/2021 News
 Circular Towns Guide launched for Circular Yorkshire Week 2021 to help towns to grow

A new ‘Circular Towns Guide’ is being launched by the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to celebrate Circular Yorkshire Week 2021, taking place from the 15th-22nd October.

This third Circular Yorkshire campaign, led by the YNY LEP with partners from across Yorkshire, positions a circular economy as a way to help strengthen and grow local economies by engaging local communities in activities that protect and benefit the environment.  As well as engaging with the guide, the campaign is also asking communities to make a pledge to commit to building a more circular economy.

Inspired by the approach of ‘circular cities’ such as London and Glasgow, the Circular Towns Guide adapts a circular approach to towns and smaller communities to ensure that places across the region, whatever their size, can benefit from a circular economy. The guide offers practical advice and guidance to ensure that every community across the region is empowered to take part in localised and practical action that can contribute to achieving the UK’s Net Zero ambition.

To kick-off Circular Yorkshire Week on Friday 15th October, the national Zero Carbon Tour will visit Harrogate’s Net-Zero Carbon business conference on route to Glasgow, where the UN global Climate Conference COP26 takes place in early November. The Harrogate leg of the tour is focused towards attracting local businesses to engage with the exciting opportunities that can be unlocked as we move towards a net zero carbon economy.  

Following this on Monday 18th October, the LEP will be officially launching the Circular Towns Guide at an on-line event. For more information on this event and to book tickets, click here. Sue Jefferson, Chair of the YNY LEP Business Board and founding member of Circular Malton & Norton, explains why assets like the Circular Towns Guide are so important and why she believes embracing a circular economy is good for both businesses and communities.

“Recognising it is difficult for all of us to change our habits and behaviours in positive ways that can reduce carbon, it is encouraging to see desire and momentum building.  By focusing on our towns and communities and how they engage with the circular economy, this is proving a great way to seek out new opportunities that can make a difference where we work or live. Across North Yorkshire and in my own town, already we are seeing a wide range of businesses and community organisations get behind circular initiatives, embracing new & collaborative ways of working, benefiting the local community as well as businesses. Those acting now are undoubtedly reaping the rewards and leading the way for others to follow.”

To find out more about the Circular Yorkshire campaign and the Circular Towns Guide, visit our Circular Yorkshire Week page. 

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