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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

Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Business-led R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Opens: 18/05/2021 Closes: 08/09/2021

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KTN-iX challenge: Upcycling Protective Plastics from Offshore Wind Farms

The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Ørsted to help them reach out to potential innovators that might have solutions involving the upcycling of Transition Piece (TP) covers. The TP cover is a robust, watertight cover that protects the internal working space during the construction phase of an offshore wind turbine.

Opens: 12/07/2021 Closes: 15/10/2021

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Recorded: 8th June

Made Smarter - Innovation Network: Circular Economy

This event will explore the synergy between digital manufacturing and the notion of a more “circular economy” and make exciting connections across the various communities that will catalyse action- manufacturers, tech providers and circular economy experts.

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News

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.

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05.03.2021

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership will create new products from waste streams and develop Scotland’s first hazardous soil treatment centre

Heriot-Watt University has joined forces with Brewster Bros, a leading recycling business, in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to create new materials from the residual waste left over during the recycling process.

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