As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, we are changing the demand profile on many materials. But at the same time, as the world population rises, resulting in an ever increasing demand for energy and products which puts increasing pressure on materials (and their supply chains), we are also generating 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 the key process technologies required to convert alternative feedstocks into chemical products.
- An ongoing programme of workshops, awareness raising and scoping activity around Remanufacturing.
- UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN), a dedicated community around the sustainable use of plastics.
We are working with organisations across the UK, from large companies and SMEs to start-ups and researchers, up, 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.
Canada-UK Critical Minerals: Sustainability and Circularity
Opens: 20/11/2023 Closes: 03/04/2024
UK registered organisations and Canadian SMEs can apply for a share of up to £5.4m for joint R&D projects on circularity in critical minerals.
CLIMATES: Supply chain innovations for rare earths
Opens: 15/01/2024 Closes: 13/03/2024
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £4 million for collaborative R&D projects on circular critical materials supply chains.
Global Incubator Programme: Singapore - Cleantech
Opens: 29/01/2024 Closes: 11/03/2024
Innovate UK EDGE seek up to 8 innovative companies supplying technology to the Cleantech sector for a programme in Singapore.
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