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The key points of the August/September 2016 update are summarised below.

New section – The circular economy

The circular economy, authored by David Inman, is new to isurv Sustainability this quarter. The notion of the circular economy is central to sustainability, underpinned by a model of 'make, use, reuse' which can be contrasted with that of the linear economy ('make, use, dispose’).

This section outlines the key background and principles, before going on to examine the legal framework in the UK. It also makes reference to the EU’s circular economy strategy, with a tentative nod towards the early possible implications of Brexit.

The key challenge of delivering a circular economy is waste management and, as such, this section is heavily bound up with the waste hierarchy. It also looks briefly at all-important social factors and the UN Global Compact – currently the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

Brownfield developments

Significant updates to the sub-sections on the current political climate and funding.

Key concepts in sustainability

James Tinkler has given this section a thorough update, particularly in light of the UK's leave vote in the EU referendum of June 2016. Affected areas include legislation and standards, EPCs and DECs and what next?

Sustainable management of the UK government estate

Minor revisions throughout.

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