The Circular Economy – Think differently and look at the $trillion opportunity

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 Time: 07:45 - 09:15 Location: Gusto, 16 Bothwell St, Glasgow G2 6NU

There is no question that the recent BBC Blue Planet series made people stop, reflect and take action! We are seeing activity weekly in the media of government and businesses’ reactions at both a policy and operational level around plastics consumption.

At our June breakfast we welcome for the first time Alison McRae, Senior Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce where she is responsible for a portfolio of strategic partnerships – working across a range of organisations -which seek to innovate and anticipate new opportunities for Glasgow and its business community.

She is currently facilitating a movement for change around circular economy principles in urban environments; working across her extensive networks of key stakeholders and senior influencers in Glasgow. In partnership with the Circle Economy in the Netherlands, Zero Waste Scotland and city stakeholders, the Chamber acts as facilitator and connector, engaging businesses in the city to look at ways to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realise financial savings.

Looking after our planet is something we all have a responsibility for. Managing plastic consumption out and making greater endeavours towards recycling are just two ways to help make a difference. Moving from a linear economy – which is all about ‘make, take, dispose’ – to a circular economy takes it to a much wider proposition and makes good business sense.

At the breakfast Alison will talk us through:

  • The global perspective of what this is and why it’s important
  • How Glasgow as a city is trying to build a momentum to start adapting how we design, produce and consume
  • Some best practice examples
  • How we can participate in and benefit from the circular economy

With the environment and the concerns around plastics and recycling a hot topic there is much to learn around how we all play a part in protecting and preserving our environment as individuals and as businesses. Don’t miss ‘Alison in Action’ Book now for 7th June

Alison McRae BIOG

Alison McRae is Senior Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce where she is responsible for a portfolio of strategic partnerships – working across a range of organisations -which seek to innovate and anticipate new opportunities for Glasgow and its business community.

She is currently facilitating a movement for change around circular economy principles in urban environments; working across her extensive networks of key stakeholders and senior influencers in Glasgow. In partnership with the Circle Economy in the Netherlands, Zero Waste Scotland and city stakeholders, the Chamber acts as facilitator and connector, engaging businesses in the city to look at ways to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realise financial savings.

Alison also has overall responsibility for Developing Young Workforce Glasgow: Scotland’s first regional group on the back of Sir Ian Wood’s Commission.

Previously Alison was Director of Destination Liverpool with Liverpool City Council and prior to that ran her own Project Management consultancy Blue Toucan. Alison has broadcast experience with BBC Radio Scotland, and she was the first woman to read Architecture at Trinity College, Cambridge University.  She has a passion for art and design, is widely travelled and has a broad range of personal interests including yoga and pretty much any kind of watersports activity. One day soon she hopes to have a dog for her own family!

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