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Cllr. Anna Richardson

City Convener, Sustainability And Carbon Reduction, Glasgow City Council

Anna graduated with an MA (Hons) in Geography in 2001 from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Human Resource Management in 2005 from the University of Strathclyde. She worked in various public sector administrative roles before spending 9 years at home raising her three children. During that time she gained an Higher National Diploma in Antenatal Education and worked part time for the parenting charity National Childbirth Trust. Anna was elected as Councillor for Langside ward in Glasgow in 2015, and again in 2017. She is currently Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, with a particular interest in transport, equalities and the mainstreaming of sustainability across all Council functions.

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Glasgow City Council has developed a circular economy roadmap along which the Scottish port city aims to be circular by 2045. The ambitious goal is based on clear tasks underpinned by various principles, as well as a series of measures that the city council and others in the city have to tackle.

The circular economy roadmap can be seen as a sister document to Glasgow's climate plan, which aims for net zero by 2030. It also overlaps with the city's waste management strategies. Thus, a circular economy is an overarching and large part of the solution to those problems that Glasgow faces like any other city.

The City Council is clearly aware of its limitations. It knows that the roadmap can only be successful if it collaborates with a range of organisations, businesses and educational institutions. For example, it is working with C40 Cities, the Ellen McArthur Foundation and the Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL). It has also teamed up with various businesses in the city, which are therefore able to be an important part of the solution.

A number of projects are already underway or being considered in Glasgow. Some address overarching issues such as the principles of responsible procurement or the establishment of sustainable ways of working. In doing so, it has become clear to the City Council: Much of this work cannot be sector-specific, but must be addressed across industries. In addition, there are some projects that are supported by local businesses and charities. These include repair workshops or a tool library, which have direct impacts in their neighbourhoods.

All in all, Glasgow City Council faces a huge self-imposed challenge and has as many questions as potential solutions regarding the circular economy. However, it is convinced that with the help of a circular economy and partnership working, Glasgow can become a fairer and more equal city, while achieving its environmental goals.