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Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help small and medium businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy. Overview Our programme will deliver a step change in the scale, range and depth of existing resource efficiency work across all business and social economy sectors in Scotland. ...
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Free seminar to disseminate findings of the ABACUS project researching ways to extend and recycle EV batteries

Ben Peace, KTN’s Sustainability Lead, will be one of the presenters at seminar coming up in May that will examine the challenges associated with the manufacture, in-vehicle use, remanufacturing and recycling of high voltage electric vehicle batteries. The one day seminar at the Motor Heritage Centre in Gaydon, will disseminate early learning from a Jaguar Land Rover led project that's...
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Nature Journal Publishes Special Supplement on Circular Economy

Nature Journal published a special edition on the circular economy this month, free to access online . Including an introduction by Walter Stahel, an interesting article on the Chinese approach and some case studies featuring Bam and Rolls-Royce, it is well worth a read.  KTN even gets credited for inspiring their circular econmy diagram.
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Case Study: Patagonia’s Circular Economy Strategy

Ethical Corporation have launched an exclusive case study detailing comprehensively the circular economy work of industry-leaders Patagonia. The full case study details the salient parts of Patagonia’s strategy, is based upon many hours of desk-based research and contact, and provides productive and useful insight which readers from any variety of industries and sizes will find...
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Details of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package Revealed

European Commission - Press release Closing the loop: Commission adopts ambitious new Circular Economy Package to boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth Brussels, 2 December 2015 Today the Commission adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular...
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Closing the Loop on the Ground: 10 EU Projects Working Towards a Circular Economy

Over the last few years the European Commission have been funding a whole range of projects across Europe on recycling, upcycling, reusing and recovering materials - each of them a building block for a circular economy.   The European Commission is funding circular economy projects under several EU programmes, for example, under Horizon 2020 , including the SME Instrument ,...
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Call for Papers: Exploring the Circular Economy

The  Journal of Industrial Ecology  has announced a call for papers for a special issue on Exploring the Circular Economy. The circular economy is gaining increasing currency as a strategy in the pursuit of global sustainability.  China enacted a law for the promotion of the circular economy in 2006, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has played a pivotal role in engaging...
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Circular Horizons 2016/17 Brokerage Event Report

On the day that the European Commission published the much anticipated draft Work Programmes for Horizon2020 , KTN held the first in a series of five brokerage events to launch Societal Challenges Two (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) and Five (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw...
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Draft 2016/17 Work Programmes for Horizon2020 Published

The European Commission has published the much anticipated draft 2016/17 Work Programmes for Horizon2020 , the largest ever EU Research and Innovation funding programme with an available budget of €79bn. Circular economy topics are found in multiple work programmes, most notably:   ·         Cross-cutting topics work programme...
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The Circulars 2016 – ENTER NOW

The Circulars 2016, the world’s premier circular economy award program, is now open for entries! Last year Dell, Inc., method products, the country of Denmark, and Janez Potočnik were among the winners - The Circulars is looking for the 2016 individual leaders, corporations, entrepreneurs, digital businesses, investors and public sector organizations establishing the circular economy. ...
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Making Things Last: Consultation on creating a more circular economy in Scotland

This consultation explores the priorities for building a more circular economy – where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible.  It builds on Scotland’s progress in the zero waste and resource efficiency agendas, with a new focus on a much broader set of business and industry opportunities. This matters because of the significant potential benefits:...
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Global Change Award

The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge by the H&M Conscious foundation. It takes on one of the biggest challenges facing today’s fashion industry – to create fashion for a growing population while reducing its impact on the environment. By catalysing green, truly ground-breaking ideas the aim of the challenge is to protect the earth’s natural resources by closing the loop...
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The Circulars 2016, the world’s premier circular economy award program, is now open for entries!

The Circulars is an initiative of the Young Global Leaders taskforce supported by the World Economic Forum. Its aim: to promote circular economy practices, ones marked by less dependence on raw materials and energy inputs. Where waste is dramatically reduced or eliminated at every stage of the lifecycle. Last year’s inaugural event garnered close to 200 entrants from some of the most...
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The Open Source Circular Economy days London

From June 12 th -14 th the Open Source Circular Economy Days took place in at the Fab Lab London . Participants, from a variety of backgrounds, were introduced to challenges identified by leaders such as The Great Recovery , Open Energy Monitor , The Rubbish Diet , and the Knowledge Transfer Network (also the London sponsor) who set about working on circular economy solutions using...
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European Brokerage Event: Circular Horizons 2016/17

European Business Brokerage event for Horizon2020 funding for resource efficient business models and the circular economy. Join us on 10 th September 2015 in London for this event supported by REBus to: ·      gather information on the range of European funding options available in 2016 & 2017 via Horizon2020 related to resource...
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Rethinking Finance In A Circular Economy

Rethinking Finance In A Circular Economy’ is a recently released report that analyses the opportunities for financial institutions in a transition to the circular economy. The report, written and produced by ING Group – a multinational banking and financial services corporation based in Amsterdam – discusses the emergence of circular business models and the implications for finance. ...
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The Central Research Laboratory (CRL) launched the call for pitches to their 1 year incubator programme for physical product start-ups

CENTRAL RESEARCH LAB We are excited to pass on a fantastic opportunity to you all. The Central Research Laboratory (CRL) launched the call for pitches to their 1 year incubator programme for physical product start-ups. http://www.centralresearchlaboratory.com   THE CRL STORY The CRL will be based in The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, West London, the...
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Apply Now: Green Alley Award 2015

The green economy start-up award from Green Alley and Seedmatch is now international, with new partners in the UK. The Green Alley Award is Europe's only award for entrepreneurs and start-ups working in the circular economy. Green entrepreneurs with sustainable economy ideas and new ways of looking at waste as a resource can apply for the award at www.green-alley-award.com until the...
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‘Significant’ progress in flexible packaging recyclability project

Significant progress has been made in trialling and developing new designs aimed at greatly improving the recyclability of flexible packaging, according to resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting, which is leading a collaborative R&D project involving high-profile global brands. Axion is working with a number of partners on the REFLEX project; Amcor Ltd, Dow Chemical Company...
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Why reuse has a much greater impact than recycling

KTN member Daniel O'Connor of Warp-it explains why reuse has a much greater impact than recycling and how to increase the importance of reuse in your organisation.   Click here  for the clip!
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Circular Economy in Horizon2020 Webinar recording is now available

On the 8th of June KTN hosted a webinar which provided a brief overview of the expected European funding opportunities in the 2016/17 Horizon2020 work programmes and details of support available..      We heard from Innovate UK about: circular economy topics in Societal Challenge 5 - climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; circular economy...
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Bring the circular economy to life with a pop-up repair clinic in your company

We have all experienced the frustration when a small electrical or electronic appliance fails, and because we don't know how to repair it, or who to approach to get help, it ends up as e-waste: one of the fastest growing stream of waste in the UK. The Restart Project is a London-based social enterprise which encourages people to use their electronics longer in order to reduce waste....
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Commission asks the public for ideas to develop the Circular Economy

The European Commission has opened a public consultation to collect views on the main policy options for developing an ambitious new approach on the Circular Economy. Stakeholders' input will help feed the preparation of the new action plan, to be presented by the end of 2015.   The policy options for developing a competitive Circular Economy in Europe will look at waste...
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Circular Economy Group May Newsletter

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£30-50k Funding Available Through Global Research Challenge 2015 – Future Cities

Expression of interest deadline is   12 June 2015. Arup would like to invite every member of the Arup community to consider participating in their Global Research Challenge this year. It is an annual award which aims at increasing the breadth and depth of our knowledge in specifically chosen areas. It is open to all current Arupians and external collaborators to conduct...
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