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Circular Economy

As the world moves towards a more sustainable future we are changing the demand profile on many materials. At the same, world population rises, resulting in an ever increasing demand for energy and products which puts increasing pressure on materials (and their supply chains) but also is contributing to the generation of more and more ‘waste’.

We believe that all sectors can play a role in enabling the transition to a more circular economy. Recent activity includes (among many others):

Developing a Capability Map for develop the key process technologies required to convert alternative feedstocks into chemical products.

An ongoing programme of workshops, awareness raising and scoping activity around Remanufacturing
Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN) is a dedicated community around the sustainable use of plastics.

We are working with organisations across the UK – large companies, SMEs, start-ups and researchers – up and down and across supply chains to accelerate this transition.

Get in touch if you have a circular economy challenge, or if you are a developer or provider of enabling technologies, solutions or expertise.

Our Circular Economy Expert

Ben Peace

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Funding Opportunities

ISCF Transforming Foundation Industry: Small scale R&D, two strands

The Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge fund will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. Projects must address the resource productivity or energy performance opportunities of the sector and its supply chains.

Opens: 16/08/2021 Closes: 29/09/2021

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 26/08/2021 Closes: 06/10/2021

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Recorded: 8th June

Made Smarter - Innovation Network: Circular Economy

This event will explore the synergy between digital manufacturing and the notion of a more “circular economy” and make exciting connections across the various communities that will catalyse action- manufacturers, tech providers and circular economy experts.

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05.03.2021

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership will create new products from waste streams and develop Scotland’s first hazardous soil treatment centre

Heriot-Watt University has joined forces with Brewster Bros, a leading recycling business, in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to create new materials from the residual waste left over during the recycling process.

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03.08.2021

Rapidly find Innovative Solutions to Circular Economy Challenges in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

We are looking for Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa based companies wanting to find rapid innovative solutions to their industry challenges. Deadline to apply: 14 September 2021.

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