Circular Economy Statements Guidance

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Consultation has concluded


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This consultation is now closed.

The built environment sector is the largest user of materials globally. In London, it consumes 400 million tonnes of material each year and accounts for 48 per cent of waste. Extending the life of buildings and recovering and reusing materials at the end of their life can help reduce the demand for materials and waste produced.

Adopting circular economy approaches will play a significant role in promoting resource efficiency and addressing the challenges of the climate emergency. A transition to circular economy is also important in London becoming 100% net self-sufficient in managing its own waste. Circular economy principles include:

  • conserving resources, increasing resource efficiency and sustainable sourcing
  • designing to eliminate waste and for ease of maintenance
  • managing waste sustainably and at the highest value

Circular Economy Statements are intended to support the achievement of these aims and draft guidance has been produced which sets out how these should be prepared. The guidance can be viewed in the documents library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers is also available.


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What has happened so far

The draft guidance has been in development since 2018. It has been informed by extensive engagement with a range of built environment stakeholders including with developers, architects, contractors, technical consultants, the public sector and academia.

The draft guidance was also published for information only in March 2020. This consultation version supersedes that document and is presented in a slightly different structure; however, the processes and methodologies set out in the guidance remain the same.


Equality Impact Assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance have been assessed through an Equality Impact Assessment which can be viewed in the document library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers is also available.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance - this is likely to be Autumn/Winter 2021.


The inside of a building showing timber frames and light coming through the roof. It is set-up as an event space with hay bales and tables and chairs.


This consultation is now closed.

The built environment sector is the largest user of materials globally. In London, it consumes 400 million tonnes of material each year and accounts for 48 per cent of waste. Extending the life of buildings and recovering and reusing materials at the end of their life can help reduce the demand for materials and waste produced.

Adopting circular economy approaches will play a significant role in promoting resource efficiency and addressing the challenges of the climate emergency. A transition to circular economy is also important in London becoming 100% net self-sufficient in managing its own waste. Circular economy principles include:

  • conserving resources, increasing resource efficiency and sustainable sourcing
  • designing to eliminate waste and for ease of maintenance
  • managing waste sustainably and at the highest value

Circular Economy Statements are intended to support the achievement of these aims and draft guidance has been produced which sets out how these should be prepared. The guidance can be viewed in the documents library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers is also available.


The inside of a converted fire station showing a modern stairwell against an old brick wall.Wicker-covered balconies alternating in positions on the outside of Barretts Grove flatted development.


What has happened so far

The draft guidance has been in development since 2018. It has been informed by extensive engagement with a range of built environment stakeholders including with developers, architects, contractors, technical consultants, the public sector and academia.

The draft guidance was also published for information only in March 2020. This consultation version supersedes that document and is presented in a slightly different structure; however, the processes and methodologies set out in the guidance remain the same.


Equality Impact Assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance have been assessed through an Equality Impact Assessment which can be viewed in the document library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers is also available.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance - this is likely to be Autumn/Winter 2021.