UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN)
The UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN) aims to bring together the diverse users of plastic products and realise the best means for reducing plastic waste entering the environment through a programme of networking and knowledge-sharing events and related support activities.
UKCPN runs events and activities to bring together the diverse users of plastic products and realise the best means for reducing plastic waste.
The Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN) has created a coordinated, integrated and aligned community of stakeholders in order to share best practice, focused on unlocking the most critical, short term barriers to plastics circularity.
- Eliminating the volume of plastic waste arising from within the UK.
- Raising awareness and sharing best practice to improve the rate of UK plastic recycling.
- Sharing best practice to reduce levels of confusion amongst citizens and highlighting user-centred design.
- Showcasing innovation that is focused on reducing the amount of plastic ending up in the environment.
UKCPN is an activity supported by UK Research and Innovation and forms part of the Plastics Research Innovation Fund (PRIF), which is engaging Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards more circular economic and sustainable approaches to plastics.
Sustainable Plastics Live/GRIPS 2023
Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) is back for 2023, organised by the UK Circular Plastics Network & KTN. Now in its 3rd year, Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability has joined forces with Sustainable Plastics Live/GRIPS conference to become a live conference, exhibition and showcase on 10th – 11th May 2023.Register for the event ➤
Novel, low-emission food production systems: feasibility studies and industrial research
Opens: 18/01/2023 Closes: 19/04/2023
Apply for a share of up to £16m to deliver resource efficient, low-emission food production systems, including alternative proteins and Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA).
Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition: Round 8
Opens: 13/01/2023 Closes: 08/03/2023
UK registered businesses can apply for loans of £100k-£2m for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.
Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2023 to 2024 Round 1
Opens: 30/01/2023 Closes: 22/03/2023
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) link forward thinking businesses with the UK’s world class knowledge bases to deliver innovation projects led by inspired graduates.
Related Events and Recordings
Global Alliance Africa is supporting Unilever to identify innovative solutions for online consumer products within South Africa
In this challenge, Unilever is looking to identify innovative approaches towards new circular business models for reuse and refill for online customers. The most promising solution provider will be selected by Unilever and may be given a commercial opportunity to deliver their solution in partnership, with additional support from Global Alliance Africa.
Towards more sustainable use of plastics in healthcare
Ahead of the Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) online conference, exhibition and showcase taking place on 15th – 17th March 2022, KTN’s Matt Chapman looks at some of the issues around the use of plastics in healthcare, what new approaches are already being put in place and how businesses can work towards more sustainable solutions.