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1st March 2021

Acting today for a better tomorrow

“Wales is the only country in the world to have legislated to protect future generations”. The opening of Sophie Howe’s ted talk provides a powerful summary of Wales’ commitment to building a better future. The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act was created in 2015, and outlines a legal obligation to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of Wales as a nation.

 

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act requires all main public institutions to outline how they are acting for the long term, and how the decisions they make will ensure the wellbeing of future generations in Wales. Through participating in CEIC, public sector practitioners will be provided with the tools and techniques necessary to incorporate greater circular economy and innovative principles. Find out more about our approach here.

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The future of Wales

CEIC addresses a number of principles outlined in the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. Firstly, the project makes a significant contribution to ‘A Prosperous Wales’ through creating green jobs, generating greater resource efficiency in the economy, and providing opportunities for innovation, skills and qualification development. Secondly, CEIC will contribute to ‘A Resilient Wales’ through helping to reduce or reverse biodiversity loss through reducing the exploitation of natural resources and consumption-based carbon emissions and associated global warming, and therefore reducing consequential habitat loss. CE also helps businesses become more resilient through being more resource efficient and securing a more reliable supply of affordable raw materials. Third, CEIC facilitates ‘A Healthier Wales’, protecting and improving health through reducing emissions associated with waste and its management, and through the provision of employment. Moreover, the project contributes to ‘‘A More Equal Wales’ through providing training, skills, and potentially new jobs (through third sector growth) across the population.  Such skills will assist in creating ‘A Wales of Cohesive Communities’ through engaging communities in sustainable waste management, including recycling, reuse and surplus food redistribution. Finally, the project contributes to  ‘A Globally Responsible Wales’, contributing to the Welsh Government’s one planet resource use goal and helping reduce or reverse global biodiversity loss through reducing the exploitation of natural resources by making resource usage more effective, efficient, and circular.

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The power of the people

Sophie talks about creating connected communities across Wales. We are firm believers in the power of inter-organisational relationships and how collaboration can be utilised to drive change. Through creating inter-organisational Communities of Practice, CEIC attendees will collaborate to develop region wide new service solutions. The programme will facilitate the co-creation of these solutions to leverage economies of scale and build collaborative partnerships.

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A low carbon economy

To meet the Welsh Government’s commitment to achieve net zero commissions for 2050, we all have a role to play. Incorporating circular economy principles can be a crucial first step towards creating a low carbon economy. Through designing out waste, reusing and repurposing materials, and regenerating natural systems, all organisations play a critical role in ensuring the longevity and sustainability of our nation. Sophie talks about the Wales we want to leave behind, and how all of our actions shape the future of Wales: so we need change in the present.

Author: Emily Bacon is a lecturer for the CEIC project. Find out more about the CEIC team here.