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.
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European Commission Plastics Related Funding & tender opportunities
Opens: 01/03/2023 Closes: 22/02/2024
Horizon Europe funding for reducing plastic pollution, pollutant monitoring, circular economy, and biodegradation validation. Various closing dates.
UK - Singapore Collaborative R&D Call Sustainability and Net Zero
Opens: 14/08/2023 Closes: 06/12/2023
UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £5m with a Singapore partner to develop sustainable tech for emission reduction and a net-zero future.
Global Business Innovation Programme in Taiwan - Net Zero Cities
Opens: 18/10/2023 Closes: 08/12/2023
Innovate UK seeks innovative companies that can accelerate the sustainable deployment of smart net zero urban solutions for a market visit to Taiwan.
Related Events and Recordings
Industry and academic research leaders unite at global plastics sustainability conference
Back for its 3rd year, the Global Research Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) conference welcomed 1,000 delegates to the Coventry Building Society Arena, with a live stream available for online viewers. The show featured a variety of talks from leading experts in plastics and materials across academia and industry, united by the mission to prevent plastic waste becoming fugitive in the environment.
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.