Circular economy: The cornerstone of sustainability

With the rapid growth in waste generated by production a new, sustainable approach is needed. In this article Conall Boland and Warren Phelan discuss the need for the adoption of a circular economic model throughout the build cycle of a product and just how vital this is.

Over the last 150 years, our industrial economy has been dominated by a one-way model of production and consumption in which goods are manufactured from raw materials, sold, used, and then incinerated or discarded to landfills. This approach is unsustainable by its very nature. This linear structure is based on two large assumptions: boundless availability of resources (energy and raw materials) and a limitless regenerative capacity of the Earth.

RPS is a leading global professional services firm. They work across six sectors: property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government services. Gresham House Strategic PLC (LON:GHS) has a holding in RPS plc.

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