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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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Getting value from the circular economy – understanding your business' value networks

As part of the Ellen MacArthur Disruptive Innovation Festival, Forum for the Future and KTN hosted a workshop ‘Getting value from the circular economy – understanding your businesses value networks.’ We explored the concept of ‘value networks’ and how they can be used to solve business’ circularity challenges. Louise Armstrong, Senior Sustainability Consultant and Forum, introduced...
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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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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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£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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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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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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Innovate UK Competition - Recovering valuable materials from waste - register for the event

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative R&D projects that seek to increase the recovery of valuable materials from waste streams.     Competition Scope The aim of this competition is to develop processes for dealing with continuously produced waste streams to maximise...
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Scotland creates new fund to set the trend on sustainable fashion

Zero Waste Scotland announces fund for sustainable fashion The Circular Economy Textile and Apparel Grant Fund   Zero Waste Scotland has announced a new fund to encourage Scottish fashion designers to develop their own closed-loop clothing. Financed in part by the Scottish government, the Circular Economy Textile and Apparel Grant Fund will debut in December in a bid to rein...
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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...

Innovate UK Competition - Recovering valuable materials from waste - register for the event

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest...

Circular Horizons 2016/17 Brokerage Event Report

On the day that the European Commission published the much anticipated draft Work Programmes...