UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced £22.5m (US$29.9m) in funding for five new circular economy R&D centres.
The new centres will help the UK to move towards a circular economy by developing methods to use fewer resources and reuse and recover materials that would ordinarily become waste. The R&D centres will look at reusing waste materials in the textiles, construction, chemical, and metal industries. Each will receive £4.5m in funding.
The five centres are as follows:
Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Projects like these are excellent examples of placing manufacturers at the forefront of the green industrial revolution. I am pleased to support these new cutting-edge research centres that will transform the way industry reuses and recycles materials.”
Dame Lynn Gladden, EPSRC Executive Chair, said: “The move to a circular economy, where we use less resources and reuse more materials, is central to the UK’s green industrial revolution and our commitment to achieving a net zero economy by 2050. By bringing together a wide range of academic disciplines with industry partners, the centres will catalyse innovative new approaches and technologies that will boost the UK economy and benefit the environment.”
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