Our episode is about circular economy and renewable energy. According to the Circularity Gap Report of 2019, an annual report produced for the yearly World Economic Forum in Davos, “The world can maximise chances of avoiding dangerous climate change by moving to a circular economy, thereby allowing societies to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Action.” The role of circular economy in achieving net zero has been acknowledged by many countries. The World Resources Institute notes that one-third of nationally determined contributions – climate action plans by each country to cut emissions and adapt to climate impacts – updated and submitted in 2021, largely across Europe and some other G20 countries, include mention of a circular economy. But what is a circular economy and how can it help as a solution to climate change? What role does renewable energy play in a circular economy?
Our guests for this episode are Christopher, Velma, and Jingyi – PhD students at Tyndall Manchester whose research focuses on renewable energy and circular economy.