The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will be launch it’s annual Circular Yorkshire Week this Friday to engage, inspire, and educate people on what the circular economy is, how it can work for North Yorkshire, and how they can get involved. This year’s campaign focuses on grassroots and community action with our Circular Towns and Communities!
The LEP has created a brand-new guide, the Circular Towns Guide, which lays out what a circular town is and how to scope out, plan, and kickstart circular and sustainable initiatives in a town setting, helping us create a greener, fairer, and stronger future. This is being trialled by two of pilot towns, Scarborough and Selby, where the LEP is supporting both CaVCA in Scarborough and Selby District AVS to put the Towns Guide into practice and will be doing update blogs over the next year to see how they progress!
The week will hold a range of events, including some with a business focus, a roundtable on the hemp industry, and discussions of the latest research into circular economy, so there’s lots to explore. The campaign will be launched at the Harrogate District Net-Zero Conference on 15 October, running through to Friday 22 October.
Friday 15 October
– Harrogate District Net Zero Conference – 9:30am-6:30pm – The #ZeroCarbonTour is headed to Harrogate as it makes its way through the UK to COP26 in Glasgow in November, sharing the net zero message with the business community.
Join local hosts Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition and Harrogate Borough Council as we discuss the concept of net zero carbon and why it is critical for businesses, as well as Carbon Stories from like-minded people, organisations and community groups and the impactful projects they are undertaking to reduce their carbon emissions.
Monday 18 October
– Circular Towns and Communities Launch – 2-3:15pm – The launch of our Circular Towns Guide, covering what a circular town looks like in practice, how to get started with the guide, and an introduction to some of the circular towns already making a difference in North Yorkshire.
Tuesday 19 October
– Hemp Roundtable – This event, hosted by Clarion Solicitors, considers hemp as a new crop for the UK – both the barriers and opportunities associated with it, and how we can help farmers, manufacturers, and others involved in the hemp supply chain to maximise the benefits of the crop.
Wednesday 20 October
– Developing a Yorkshire Circular Economy Strategy: Workshop 2 – 10-12:30pm – This is the second of two workshops run for us by the Yorkshire Circular Lab based in the University of Leeds, bringing together a range of partners to consider how we can create an effective circular economy strategy for Yorkshire.
– Circular and Bio-Construction Research Launch – 2-3:30pm – In partnership with the North East and Yorkshire Energy Hub, we celebrate the launch of exciting research to understand the scale of the opportunity of circular, bio-based construction in the North East & Yorkshire, and how to realise these opportunities.
Thursday 21 October
– Yorwaste: Waste No More – 12-1pm – This session is run by Yorwaste, NYCC’s waste management company, and considers what constitutes ‘waste’, what happens to both domestic and commercial waste, and how we can take steps to reduce, reuse and recycle, and how this fits into the circular economy.
– Food Waste: Rethink, Reduce, Recoup – 3:30-4:30pm – Our partners at Too Good To Go will lead a session for food-based businesses, looking at the problem of food waste in the UK, and how food-based businesses can take simple steps to reduce food waste, attract new customers and recover sunk costs.
Friday 22 October
– CRESTING – Capturing the Benefits of Circularity – 10-12 – Led by the CRESTING research team at the University of Hull, this event considers how we might capture the benefits of circularity through regional and local development, employment, and social enterprise networks. A two-part session, featuring an hour’s presentation from the research team and then an hour’s discussion.
How can I get involved?
You can attend one (or several) of our events above – there is a really diverse mix this year, and there should be some great discussions. Our flagship event is the Circular Towns and Communities Launch, so it would be fantastic to see you all there.
You could also download the guide yourself once it’s launched and begin a circular initiative in your local community – the LEP will be encouraging groups across the region to make a pledge to help their towns be more circular, so there could be opportunities on the ground near you.