The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce initiative has launched an interactive visual platform mapping Circular Glasgow’s journey to date and highlighting the various steps needed to begin a city’s transition towards a circular economy.

Showcasing the significant progress that has been made towards achieving a fully circular economy, the website details the achievements so far, future trends and opportunities for businesses.

Circular Glasgow Story So Far aims to inspire other cities, businesses and individuals to take action, form new collaborations and adopt circular economy principles within their own organisations, and to encourage a new wave of innovative businesses to join the next phase of work.

“With over half of the global population now living in cities, where around 75% of resources are consumed, cities are key to adopting a circular economy.”

In 2015, Glasgow took its first steps in creating a stronger more sustainable economy by completing a pioneering Circle City Scan. Commissioned through a partnership led by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce with global experts Circle Economy from the Netherlands, Zero Waste Scotland and Glasgow City Council, the scan showed that adopting circularity can spike job creation, increase resource efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions throughout the city.

Through analysing Glasgow’s economic and political landscape and by mapping the city’s resource flows from consumption to waste, the scan identified leading industries through which the city’s economy can become more ‘circular.’ The study also brought into focus ways the Chamber, via its Circular Glasgow initiative, could directly support local organisations in adopting circular models; including new collaborations, market opportunities, significant financial savings and generating increased profits.

Working in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Circle Economy in the Netherlands, Circular Glasgow’s work to date has received global recognition and helped to position Glasgow as a pioneering circular economy city.

It moves into the next phase of its business engagement work through a new partnership with Zero Waste Scotland and its other partners, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

For more information, please visit or to learn more about what your business can do to get involved please contact Lisa McConnell at