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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

Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2021

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

Opens: 07/10/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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Circular economy for SMEs: innovating with the NICER programme

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches.

Opens: 11/10/2021 Closes: 08/12/2021

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Recorded: 18th October

Circular Economy for SMEs Competition Briefing

Innovate UK, in collaboration with the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) centres and KTN, will be hosting an online competition briefing webinar on the 18th October 2021 to introduce the planned Circular Economy for SMEs funding competition.

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News

24.09.2021

UKCPN in Conversation with Paul Davidson, Challenge Director for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge

As part of our new “UKCPN in Conversation with…” series, we are delighted to bring you an informal chat between UKCPN Programme Lead, Sally Beken, and Paul Davidson (Challenge Director for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge at UKRI).

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24.09.2021

Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2022: Call for Abstracts

Following on from the hugely successful GRIPS 2021, our call for papers is now open (closing 3rd Dec 2021), and we are specifically looking for abstracts (from academia or industry) that focus on innovations in plastics leading to enhanced sustainability of plastics and polymers leading to or having less impact on the environment.

 

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