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Launch of Circularity Indicator Tool

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and  Granta Design  launch new indicators which, for the first time, enable companies to assess how well a product or company performs in the context of a circular economy. The project has delivered a publicly-available indicators methodology, a project overview and collection of non-technical case studies, and integration of the...
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Progress towards proposed UK Nutrient Platform

Last week KTN participated in a stakeholder workshop to discuss the potential for the formation of a UK Nutrient Platform.  A summary of the event and the presentations are now available.  I t was an interesting meeting with stakeholders across the whole nutrient value chain.  It is very early days in terms of defining its objectives, but the Platform is likely to focus...
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Public Consultation Conference - European Circular Economy Package

The European Commission is hosting a stakholder conference 'Closing the Loop - Circular Economy: boosting business, reducing waste' on 25th June in Brussels.  Full details of the invitation are below: As announced in the 2015 European Commission Work Programme, a new and more ambitious Circular Economy Package will be presented before the end of 2015. The package will lay out the...
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London’s waste infrastructure investment fund

  The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has a £20 million fund aimed at supporting businesses, primarily SMEs, willing to develop waste treatment infrastructure projects in London. This support takes the form of debt funding and is offered on commercial terms to medium and high risk projects which are not able to secure funding from the private sector alone. Over the last...
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European Commission publishes "roadmap" for revised circular economy package

The European Commission has released a document document detailing the rationale and objectives of the new circular economy package.  Although described as a roadmap, the document is actually more of a checklist to ensure that the proposed initiative aligns with the objectives of the new Commission. Read the roadmap here . 
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European Resource Hierarchy

A discussion paper   introducing the idea of a new European Resource Hierarchy has been submitted to Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The proposal is based upon a whole-life framework for the stewardship of national/global natural capital use throughout the productive economy. It is envisaged that...
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Green Alliance Report: UK resource governance for the 21st century

This report highlights the risks to businesses and analyses the pros and cons of six potential new institutional arrangements for the UK to address the problem of resource security, including the possible creation of an Office of Resource Management or a new Department for Natural Resources. Download the full report  here .
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Office for Resource Management bid launched in Parliament

A group of leading organisations in the manufacturing, infrastructure and environmental sectors yesterday launched a paper in Parliament, in conjunction with the All Party Sustainable Resource Group, calling for the setting up of a central Office for Resource Management (ORM).  The move follows widely documented concerns over escalating risks to the UK’s supply of...
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Help navigating legal & regulatory hurdles to circular business models

Is your company’s journey towards circular business models being hampered by legal or regulatory hurdles? If so, the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) would like to hear from you. Does competition law act as a disincentive to you collaborating with other organisations? How do the WEEE and Ecodesign directives impact on your business? Does intellectual property...
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Legal & regulatory hurdles towards a circular economy

Is your company’s journey towards circular business models being hampered by legal or regulatory hurdles? If so, the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) would like to hear from you. Does competition law act as a disincentive to you collaborating with other organisations? How do the WEEE and Ecodesign directives impact on your business? Does intellectual property...
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Resource 2015 - KTN and Innovate UK

KTN and Innovate UK had a busy week at Resource & Ecobuild 2015.  Resource event boasts innovation, learning, solutions and collaboration for businesses looking to improve resource efficiency and adopt circular economy models and is co-located with Ecobuild - the sustainable construction event.  KTN and Innovate UK were there in force to meet businesses, launch competitions and...
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Circular Economy Business Models Competition - Workshop Presentations Available

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance.   Innovate UK launched the Circular economy: business models competition at Resource 2015 last week.   Presentations from the launch workshop are now available here .  A webinar will be held on...
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New document by the KTN: Whole-Life Performance: what does it mean in the building sector?

Whole-life performance is increasingly talked about within the building sector. But what is it and why is it important?   A new document titled  “Building Whole-Life Performance”  has been developed by the Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network. It provides answers, examples and references for those who are interesting in knowing more about the topic. ...
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Design Innovation for the Circular Economy report is now available

This KTN project examined how installed façades could be more effectively recycled during the demolition of buildings at end of life.    The concept of design for disassembly is now well established in the automotive sector and significant effort has been focussed on making cars easier to take apart at end of life. It was intended to apply and adapt that learning to...
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Call for papers focused on sustainable innovation and design

Sustainable Innovation 2015 welcomes conceptual and research-based papers focused on the “state of the art” of sustainable innovation and design. Papers should cover sustainability, innovation, product, service or technology design, and development and commercialisation issues related to the following topics: Radical change Crowdsourcing Disruptive innovation ...
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Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste – Presentations and Recording Now Available

Waste is a hot topic – 170 people registered to attend the Innovate UK and KTN Information and Brokerage Event for the Innovate UK and EPSRC Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste Event.  The whole supply chain including designers, collectors, reprocessors and manufacturers was represented, making new connections and building strong collaborations. Innovate UK provided detailed...
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H2020 Call for ideas on Challenge 5 pilots - workshop outcomes

OUTCOMES of H2020 DIALOGUE with EUROPE: CLIMATE ACTION, ENVIRONMENT, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY and RAW MATERIALS 2016/2017 Workprogramme, London 26 th  of January.   A “Dialogue with EU” event was held in London on the 26 th  of January. Objective and Activities: The objective of the event has been to feed into a dialogue with the European Commission (EC)...
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Launch of the Circular Business Advantage - 17th February 2015

Learn how you can use new business models, based on the Circular Economy, to reduce costs and drive innovation and growth. The event is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Centre for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing Technologies (CALMARE), the University of Exeter Business School and QSA Partners LLP.  For the event flyer please click ...
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We're gearing up for RESOURCE 2015

Visit the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK at RESOURCE 2015 . To date Innovate UK competitions ‘New Designs for a Circular Economy’, ‘Design Challenges for a Circular Economy’ and ‘Supply Chain Innovation towards a Circular Economy’ have supported 50 projects with a total value of £6.8M and a potential value generation of £86M for the UK economy.  At ...
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CRM_InnoNet launches Public Consultation on CRM Substitution Roadmaps

CRM_InnoNet Roadmaps for Substitution of Critical Raw Materials The overall aim of CRM_InnoNet is to create an integrated community that will drive innovation in the field of critical raw material substitution for the benefit of EU industry. Part of the activities to achieve this aim has focused on the elaboration of roadmaps to explore pathways for future technology development...
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Advanced Manufacturing Mission to US Mid West

THINKING OF EXPORTING TO THE U.S.? WANT EXPOSURE TO BEST PRACTICE IN U.S. MANUFACTURING?   Join a select group of UK SMEs in a best practice tour of manufacturing in the U.S. Mid-West, including export advice from key U.S. agencies.   Make in-territory contacts, get expert advice from those on the ground, gain insight into U.S. manufacturing business...
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Production line readiness for high-value manufacturing funding call

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million in late-stage experimental development projects to help companies bring recent technology innovations closer to the point of manufacturing readiness.   This competition builds on our previous investments in high-value manufacturing feasibility studies and collaborative R&D projects.   We are challenging businesses to...
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Scottish Institute of Remanufacture Announced

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead recently unveiled plans for a Scottish Institute for Remanufacture, as well as the development of a Scottish Materials Brokerage Service. The Scottish Institute of Remanufacture will be hosted by the University of Strathclyde and run in partnership with Heriot Watt University.   The £1.3m funding is over three years, with £1m from the...
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WRAP report: Employment and the Circular Economy

A new research study, undertaken jointly by WRAP and the Green Alliance, shows that improving our resource efficiency can make a valuable contribution to improving Britain’s labour market situation. The study finds that if we stay on the current development path for the circular economy in Britain, then by 2030 the sector could: require an extra 205,000 jobs; reduce...
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Interested in Circular Economy applications to the built environment and construction sector? Bookings are now open for the WRAP's workshops

Interested in Circular Economy applications to the built environment and construction sector? Bookings are now open for the WRAP's workshops on “the business benefits of going circular – what does it mean for companies in the built environment sector?”   Discover the business benefits of going circular – what does it mean for companies in the built environment sector? Join...
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