The United Kingdom faces substantial economic challenges in its use of labour and scarce natural resources. While the economy has significantly increased its resource efficiency in recent years, supply risks in an increasingly competitive context mean that better use of natural resources is needed.

Green Alliance and WRAP previously explored the impact of increasing resource efficiency and moving towards a more circular economy approach on jobs and the labour market in Britain. That report indicated that the development of a more resource efficient circular economy, unlike other industrial transitions, could require more labour. It also indicated that regions in the UK where
unemployment tends to be higher, such as in London, the North East and the West Midlands, could see the greatest impact in job creation, especially among low and mid-skilled occupations where job losses are projected in the future.

Now, the analysis in this report builds on the findings for Britain, to identify the potential of the circular economy in London.

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