Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
Get in touch

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

Read full profile

Funding Opportunities

Expression of interest: transforming UK food systems for health and environment

Apply for funding to support interdisciplinary research into interventions that will transform the UK food system. Businesses, civil society and government (local, devolved or national) are all strongly encouraged to collaborate and co-design proposals.

Opens: 02/02/2021 Closes: 22/04/2021

Explore Further

Innovate UK Smart Grants January 2021

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

Opens: 21/01/2021 Closes: 26/05/2021

Explore Further
Recorded: 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.

Watch Now

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.

Read more

18.02.2021

GRIPS 2021: Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability - Keynote Speakers Unveiled

UKCPN & KTN announce keynote speakers, seminars and more for GRIPS 2021.

Read more