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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.

Funding Opportunities

Re-use, Re-fill, Re-imagine: Innovative solutions for informal trade within South Africa

The Innovation Exchange challenge competition, delivered by KTN Global Alliance Africa, is supporting Unilever to identify innovative approaches towards new circular business models for reuse and refill models for informal trade in South Africa.

Opens: 08/12/2021 Closes: 28/01/2022

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iX challenge: Recycled Aluminium Conductor Cable

An InnovateUK KTN Innovation Exchange client is seeking innovative approaches to rapidly recycling and reusing aluminium alloy cables as a high voltage conductor.

Opens: 13/12/2021 Closes: 18/02/2022

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24th November

Connecting for Climate Change - Unleashing innovation post COP26: Circular Economy

KTN will be hosting a series of webinars in the wake of COP26, that will explore how we can work together to convert the agreements from the summit into reality.

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News

08.12.2021

New KTN Global Alliance Innovation Exchange Challenges for Africa - now open!

KTN Global Alliance Africa is supporting companies to find innovative solutions to AgriFood challenges in Kenya and Circular Economy challenges in South Africa. Challenges include agricultural pest control, plastic reuse and refill, and electronic waste recycling. Apply by 28th January 2022.

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04.01.2022

Apply now for the Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Programme 2022

Last year Innovate UK and Innovate UK KTN ran the first Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme, with every single SME in the 2021 cohort seeing a positive outcome ranging from investment to partnership opportunities. If you’re an SME in the electric vehicle battery sector, apply now for the 2022 programme!

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