In 2015 the United Nations announced its global plan for sustainable growth. Scotland is actively participating in this drive through the creation of entities like Zero Waste Scotland and involvement in the Green Alliance UK. The circular economy has a fundamental role in a sustainable future, as businesses, society and the environment will all benefit from the regeneration of waste into value-added products, as reliance on the consumption of finite resources is eased. Scotland is in a unique position within a circular economy model, as it has a large agricultural sector and a thriving food and drink sector, which produce by-products that have second-life potential.

At the University of Aberdeen, intensive studies are underway in areas ranging from water remediation to assessing food waste and fuel regeneration. We work with industrial partners, both domestically and internationally, to tackle the challenges surrounding a sustainable future.