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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 Future Plastic Packaging Solutions

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for early-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.

Opens: 26/10/2020 Closes: 20/01/2021

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Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Network 2020 Funding Calls

A new 3-year, £500K Network is being established to tackle food waste and to improve quality in
horticultural and potato crops.

Opens: 23/09/2020 Closes: 15/01/2021

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17th December

Addressing the Challenge of Microfibres - from source of production to environmental contamination

The Microplastics Network and UK Circular Plastics Network are pleased to host this online event bringing together the key players working to address the microfibre issue across industry, academia and policy to discuss the current research, challenges and solutions.

Register here

News

19.10.2020

Turning AgriFood waste into plastics: a KTN SPARK Award winner success story

The KTN SPARK Awards encourage new collaborations between the research community and industry. Winner Chip[s] Board has been working with the Biorenewables Development Centre.

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09.10.2020

How KTN is Driving Innovation to Meet Net Zero Targets

Take a look at the projects KTN is working on to support and accelerate innovation towards Net Zero.

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