Supply Chains Go Circular

Link to Link – Driving Resource Efficiency Across Supply Chains

Link to Link Driving Resource Efficiency Across Supply Chains
Link to Link Driving Resource Efficiency Across Supply Chains

A Report by the All Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group

Supply Chain to Circular Model

The UK needs to move towards a system where the entire supply chain of products moves towards the circular model. The old model of make, use, dispose cannot continue, and this is true of all sectors in the UK, not just the environmental services and waste industries.

Supply Chain in Waste to Change & Innovate

The sustainable resource or ‘waste’ industry continues to be a great success story for UK plc. Despite economic challenges, first with the economic downturn from 2008 and now through fluctuating secondary raw materials prices, the industry continues to innovate and accept challenges faced both at the frontline and with potential systems change around the circular economy looming on the horizon. However, while embracing the need for change and innovation the waste and resources world will face further challenges in the future in its efforts to encourage industries across the entire supply chain to embrace sustainability and become more resource efficient.

Supply Chain Under Public Scrutiny

The subject of resource use is now attracting the public interest as can be seen by increased prominence in national news: stories about plastic litter in our oceans, the decline of the steel industry, ‘wonky’ vegetables, and England’s recent single use plastic bag charge are just a few examples of stories that have made headlines in the past year. Whilst a continued focus on sustainably processing waste and resources at their end-of-life stage is always important, the UK needs to move towards a system where the entire supply chain of products moves towards the circular model. The old model of make, use, dispose cannot continue, and this is true of all sectors in the UK, not just the environmental services and waste industries.

Supply Chain to Move Toward Resource Circularity

In this essay collection, the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) has brought together a wealth of knowledge on how increased resource efficiency, waste reduction and material circularity can be achieved at all stages of the supply chain, this includes procurement, product, service and business model design, data management and end-of-life processing. It also argues that increased resource efficiency not only improves an organisation’s environmental footprint but can provide a true benefit to businesses’ triple bottom line. But for this to happen, both the industry itself and the government need to make some changes.

Supply Chain Responsibility to Take Up Challenge

There is much more that government can do to support the organisations already making positive efforts to improve their resource efficiency, as well as encouraging further businesses and industries to take up the challenge. But it is not for government to do alone. This collection of essays will try to stimulate new thinking and inspire both industry and government to consider the environmental impact of their supply chains, and encourage more collaboration and shared best practice to improve resource efficiency and solidify their businesses whilst moving toward a more circular economy.

Supply Chain Needs to be Inspired

Whilst there have been some successes in the waste and resources industry, there remain key challenges for end-of-life parts and products. How can all of the industries along the supply chain, so vital in moving towards a more resource efficient economy, be inspired to embrace the new opportunities presented to them by moving to circularity and engaging with the waste and resource sector? And how can resource efficiency be more encouraged at all stages of the supply chain, not just at end-of-life stage?

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This is not an official publication of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in this report are those of the contributing authors. This publication was kindly supported by SUEZ, WRc and GJF Fabrications Ltd and compiled by: Anne-Marie Benoy (Senior Researcher) Laura Owen (Head of Sustainability) Contact the APSRG at: APSRG@policyconnect.org.uk 0207 202 8570