WRAP’s (Waste and Resources Action Programme) 2015 study into the Economic Growth Potential of More Circular Economies estimates that the transition to a more circular economy across Europe could create up to 3 million new jobs and reduce unemployment by 520,000. Local Authorities could play a pivotal role in supporting a shift towards the circular economy and rethinking how we can use resources more efficiently and reduce waste as well as create numerous new jobs.
Project BLUEPRINT will create the first cross-border enabling model for Local Authorities to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy (CE).
To achieve this the project will work closely with Local Authorities initiating new policies and strategies, and testing the approaches required by the Authorities to achieve the new EU waste recycling targets of 65% by 2035. Better management of resources and waste will enable the development of new market and job opportunities.
BLUEPRINT will also develop a 10-week training programme for 18 social enterprises to train 2,000 disadvantaged individuals to secure jobs linked to the circular economy growth. Furthermore, the project aims to support 78,000 individuals within the FCE area to shift their behaviour in order to increase their recycling rate. 5 new innovative solutions will be tested, based on the Zero Waste Families approach delivered in France.
BLUEPRINT outputs will allow for 30 Local Authorities within the France (Channel) England (FCE) area to implement the new BLUEPRINT model by the end of the project.