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Circular Economy Mapping: Edinburgh and beyond

January 29th, 2018 Posted by Circular Economy, News No Comment yet

Circular Economy Mapping Week (5-11 February 2018) is an initiative led by Circular Economy Club (CEC) which aims to map circular economy initiatives around the globe. Volunteer organisers all over the world will run group sessions to map the circular economy in their cities.  The premise is simple: If we all map circular initiatives in our cities, together we can map the world.


What is a Circular Economy?

Looking beyond the current take-make-dispose extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital.

– Ellen MacArthur Foundation


How can I get involved?

The 2050 Climate Group are running a mapping session in Edinburgh to expand local knowledge around circular initiatives taking place in the city. During the session, participants will work in teams to identify circular initiatives happening in Edinburgh, across different sectors and types of organisations.  Join us 7th February, sign up here.

If you are based outside of Edinburgh and want to get involved, you can find your nearest mapping event here.

Following this week of mapping sessions held worldwide, CEC will release a global map of circular economy activities based on the compiled outcomes of local sessions. This will raise awareness of what’s going on at the moment, and reveal gaps for where work still needs to be done to grow a truly circular framework.

Video: Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy




2050 Climate Group winners at Scottish Green Energy Awards

December 12th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

2050 Climate Group won the Contribution to Skills Award for their work with young professionals across Scotland. The youth charity are delighted to receive this and be recognised by the prestigious Scottish Green Energy Awards 2017. 

The 2050 Climate Group works with young people across Scotland, engaging, educating and empowering them to take action on climate change and lead Scotland’s transition to a low carbon future. Through their Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP), the 2050 Climate Group provides climate change education and leadership training to young people, aged 18-35. It is through this programme that the group inspires young people to take action on climate change and be catalysts for change in Scotland. Last year, the group successfully ran their first year of the YLDP with 150 young leaders taking part. In 2017, the YLDP has grown, reaching more young people across Scotland and equipping future leaders to take on climate change challenges.

The event, which took place in Edinburgh on November 30, saw winners across 11 categories receive trophies for their work in the country’s 26,000-strong renewables industry. The winners were drawn from a shortlist of 40, compiled by a panel of 10 judges, from almost 100 entries. Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson MSP addressed the 1,200-strong audience at the event, which was hosted by TV’s Hardeep Singh Kohli at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Ann McKechin, ScottishPower Foundation Trustee and Executive Officer, commented:

“Having supported the 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme, since its inception in 2016, the ScottishPower Foundation is delighted to hear of the group’s success in being recognised for their continuing contribution to the climate change agenda.  This group of dynamic young professionals really are leading the way in creating positive action to tackling the issues, and are a shining example of the role that young people can play in protecting our planet for future generations.”

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment,  Climate Change and Environment, Roseanna Cunningham said:  “I am delighted to congratulate the 2050 Climate Group on winning the Contribution to Skills Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards. It is more important now than ever that our future leaders are both motivated and empowered to champion climate change and environmental issues throughout their careers. The 2050 Climate Group has been helping to keep Scotland at the forefront of the global action on climate change and their innovative Young Leaders Development Programme is now inspiring other countries across the world.”

Professional Network Opens New Doors for ‘Young’ Borderers

August 29th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

Friday 25 August was the launch of the new Scottish Borders Young Professionals (SBYP). SBYP aim to provide social opportunities for those starting their professional careers in the Borders or reestablishing themselves in a new field.

Over 90% of businesses within the Borders are small and medium-sized enterprises, Economic Profile for the Scottish Borders, (2013). With a high proportion of sole traders and micro-businesses, socialising and professional collaboration can be more challenging.

This newly established group aims to provide a free social hub for those living and working in the local area.

SBYP Chairman and YLDP 2016-17 alum, Tim Taylor commented:

Due to the rurality and sparse population of the Scottish Borders it can be really difficult for those starting their professional career to develop and maintain those all-important relationships with their peers.

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Young professionals at the SBYP launch event.

“Couple this with the fact that we have such a high amount of independently practicing professionals, and SME’s, there’s a high likelihood that those starting their career journey could end up working in solitude without sharing their fresh ideas, opinions and best practice.

“The group welcomes people not only young, but those who are in the early stages of establishing their professional career.”

SBYP Group Secretary and YLDP 2017-18 young leader, Kirsty Mills commented:

“We’re aiming to create a really inclusive group that’s open to anyone in the early stages of their career. We’ve already established a diverse community of members spanning industries including Law, Finance, Marketing etc.

 “Often people in the early stages of these career pathways have studied for 6 years or more at University or through professional accreditation. Establishing a professional career in the Borders is extremely rewarding but there’s a real need for easily accessible opportunities for people to build their professional contacts and develop friendships”.

“Whether you’re a first time graduate or someone with more life experience who’s starting a new path, we’d love to hear from you and let you know about SBYP events”.


More information about Scottish Borders Young Professionals can be found by visiting or by  emailing

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Mary Hemingway, SBYP Treasurer via

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