BLUEPRINT will help local authorities by ensuring they have the framework to work towards implementing a circular economy, mobilising social enterprises to provide circular economy training, and helping schools and households to change their behaviour to support circular growth.
BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Our partners include other higher education institutions, local authorities, private companies and charities in the UK and France.Visit the main BLUEPRINT to a circular economy website
WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) 2015 estimates that the transition to a circular economy across Europe will create up to 3 million new jobs and reduce unemployment by 520,000 people. Hence, 400,000 new jobs are expected in France (Club of Rome 2016) and 500,000 in the UK.
These will mainly be new jobs resulting from increased recycling, income logistics and secondary markets. If local authorities are given an appropriate education and training strategy, they will have the opportunity to create new jobs for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A significant change is needed in the France Channel England area, as the latest figures show unemployment rates at 3.9% (1.3 million people) in England and 8.6% (2.4 million people) in France, one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe in 2019 with youth unemployment reaching a record number in the country (Statista 2019).
Aligning growth of new markets, like the Circular Economy, with upskilling people to secure work in those markets is key to positively tackling unemployment in the area.
To address this, this project will create a cross-border model that enables Local Authorities to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable Circular Economy. This be carried out from 3 directions, each corresponding to a project Work Package:
The project started in April 2020, to run for 38 months. Overall budget EUR5.6m (European Regional Development Fund contribution EUR3.8m) ARU budget EUR566,479.
Project delivery outputs:
Sanchez-Vazquez, A., Mifsud, A., Callaghan C., 2022. Training and skills development for the Circular Economy in the current geopolitical context: a bottom-up design focused on community need and social enterprise. Conference proceedings for 9th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (Cham: Springer).
Leggett, K.-L., Mykkänen, J., Repo, P., Lammi, M., 2022. Evolving markets in the circular economy: A network analysis of exemplary company cases. Conference proceedings for 9th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (Cham: Springer).
Leggett K., Lammi, M., Walsh, L., 2022. Shoving not nudging: A case of shaming 'waster' stickers. Conference proceedings for 9th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (Cham: Springer).
Mifsud, A., Callaghan, C., Sanchez-Vazquez, A., 2022. Application of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a route to overcoming barriers in designing Circular Economy (CE) educational material. Conference proceedings for 9th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (Cham: Springer).