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SA leading the world in circular economy

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South Australia’s world-leading approach to recycling and waste management is on show with the Global Centre of Excellence in Circular Economy – Circular360’s head office officially opened at Lot Fourteen this week.

David Speirs, Minister for Environment and Water said it recognises South Australia’s position internationally as a leader in the circular economy, recycling and resource recovery.

“The Global Centre for Excellence in the Circular Economy isn’t just an idea, it’s now a physical location to demonstrate what South Australia has to offer,” Speirs said.

“Circular360 will help incubate and innovate cutting edge projects to deliver a greener and more circular economy which is not only good for the environment but creates jobs as well.

“It’s all about reusing and recycling materials, products and resources as many times as possible which helps to reduce waste and pollution and is a great example of practical action South Australia is taking to deal with our changing climate.

“Circular360 is an internationally recognised non-for-profit organisation which already has partnerships with the United Nations Centre for Regional Development and The World Bank.

“The official centre launch will enable promotion to attract further membership and commercialisation of  projects, investment and partnerships to Adelaide.

“The launch featured a panel discussion, chaired by Green Industries SA Chief Executive Dr Ian Overton and featuring speakers from the World Bank and the UN.”

The Global Centre for Excellence in the Circular Economy at Lot Fourteen will be led by, Hemant Chaudhary, Executive Director, Circular Economy Alliance Australia and delivered in partnership with the South Australian government with $1 million over three years.

The centre will deliver training and education on the role of the circular economy in reducing Australia’s global carbon footprint and addressing climate change through the smarter recovery, recycling and reuse of materials, with a focus on the benefits to business in becoming more circular.

“Circular360 will be a magnet for ideas and projects across the region. Lot Fourteen is now the only place in Australia delivering this kind of hands-on training and education,” Chaudhary said.

“South Australia is now one of the leading locations internationally for students, policy makers and business leaders to see how to build a more circular economy from the ground up.”

For more information, visit: www.premier.sa.gov.au

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