Why renewable energy infrastructure needs to be built for a circular economy

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Ellen Macarthur Foundation

The renewable energy sector promises to tap into limitless sources of energy while tackling pollution and climate change. However, the materials needed to capture and store this energy are finite. As the industry scales at pace, renewable infrastructure designed within a ‘take-make-waste’ linear system could contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss. To prevent this solution becoming a problem, renewable energy infrastructure needs to be built for a circular economy.

By Tansy Robertson-Fall, Senior Editor, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

There’s so much pressure and emphasis on getting the Green Revolution happening that it’s almost by any means necessary without that pause of ‘well it is green, but is it as green as it should be?

Scott Bryant, Circular Economy Coordinator, City of Greater Bendigo

It is unquestionable that renewable energy needs to be part of the solution to climate change. With many countries committing at COP26 to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, renewable energy infrastructure is set to scale rapidly.

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