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), 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.

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Related Opportunities

UKRI Circular fashion programme: recycling and sorting demonstrator

Opens: 14/11/2022 Closes: 11/01/2023

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million for a demonstration of innovative technologies, services and processes for the UK’s Fashion and Textile sector.

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Global Innovation Exchange Challenge: Innovative Solutions to Beneficiation of Water Treatment Residue

Opens: 16/11/2022 Closes: 31/01/2023

This Innovation Exchange challenge, delivered by Innovate UK KTN through the Global Alliance Africa project, is supporting Rand Water to identify innovative solutions for the utilisation of water treatment residue.

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Innovation Exchange challenge: Reusable packaging and logistics solution for Air Source Heat Pumps

Opens: 05/12/2022 Closes: 06/01/2023

ICAX requires a reusable packaging and logistics solution for the distribution of its heat pump to households and retailers across the UK.

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Circular Economy Innovation Network Launch Event
Recorded: 26th April 2022

Circular Economy Innovation Network Launch Event

Join us at the Circular Economy Innovation Network launch event on the 26th April to find out how you can get involved in exploring how we could use wool, aluminium and chemicals in novel ways to benefit the sector, as well as ways we could use resources more efficiently across the value chain.

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