The London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) has released a new publication outlining how the built environment can transition to a circular economy.
The Circular Economy 1-Pager provides a definition and explanation of what circularity in a built environment context comprises, with a diagram to illustrate material flows in the current and future circular built environments. It includes a circular strategies hierarchy, primary actions for the built environment industry to prioritise, and suggests key circularity metrics for professionals to test. The summary also references some areas requiring further attention, namely, the relationship between circularity and whole life carbon reductions as well as the role of biogenic materials in the built environment.
The 1-Pager accompanies the LETI opinion piece: Circular economy and carbon in construction, an exploratory piece which addresses the interconnectedness of the two concepts of Circular Economy and reducing upfront and Whole Life Carbon emissions and highlights interrelated issues, synergies and challenges when trying to meet the requirements of both.
LETI is a network of over 1,000 built environment professionals that are working together to put the UK on the path to a zero carbon future. The LETI Circular Economy Summary is the first publication from the LETI Circular Economy Workstream. A number of CIRCuIT London partners, including ReLondon and UKGBC contributed to the publication.
Download the Circular Economy 1-Pager here.
Download the opinion piece: Circular economy and carbon in construction here.