The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, is said to be the world’s premier circular economy award program, recognising individuals and organisations across the globe that have made notable contributions to the circular economy in the public and private sectors and society.
The Scottish Government won the AB InBev Award for Circular Economy Governments, Cities and Regions category in recognition for its work placing the circular economy at the core of Scotland’s economic strategy and manufacturing action plan. Making Things Last, the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy, also aims to help ensure jobs and the economy are supported as finite resources are conserved.
The Scottish Government came out on top in its category ahead of entries from as far afield as China, Canada, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Martin Grey, head of public affairs at Viridor, said: “Winning this award is a major achievement for the Scottish government as each of the finalists are international leaders in the circular economy in their own right. It is a shining testament to Scotland’s efforts to develop a world-class green, circular economy and shows Scotland is again punching above its weight on the world stage.
“Viridor currently has £354m worth of shovel-in-the-ground investments underway in Scotland, including the flagship £25m Newhouse glass recycling facility in North Lanarkshire, the most advanced of its type in the UK. This centre of glass recycling excellence is helping drive Scotland’s circular economy by reducing reliance on imported materials by ensuring 100% of Scottish packaging glass is fit for use by the Scotch Whisky and drinks industry, Scotland’s largest export sector," continued Grey.
“This and other projects across the country will help ensure Scotland’s green economic ambitions continue to be delivered upon and that the country continues to remain an international standard-bearer in the circular economy.”