Resource efficiency

Challenges of the circular economy

Maxine Perella reports from Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland, where speakers – including from the UN and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation – discussed the circularity challenge.

“Four years ago when we started this journey, it was the ...

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