UKCPN runs events and activities to bring together the diverse users of plastic products and realise the best means for reducing plastic waste.
The Circular Plastics Network will create a coordinated, integrated and aligned community of stakeholders in order to share best practice, focused on unlocking the most critical, short term barriers to plastics circularity.
UKCPN will facilitate the following:
- Eliminating the volume of plastic waste arising from within the UK.
- Raising awareness and sharing best practice to improve the rate of UK plastic recycling.
- Sharing best practice to reduce levels of confusion amongst citizens and highlighting user-centred design.
- Showcasing innovation that is focused on reducing the amount of plastic ending up in the environment.
UKCPN is an activity supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network & UK Research and Innovation, and forms part of the Plastics Research Innovation Fund (PRIF), which is engaging Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards more circular economic and sustainable approaches to plastics.
The launch of UKCPN will bring to light the current situation regarding plastics and work to improve the country’s relationship with plastic and towards reducing plastic waste. This two-year programme brings together those with solutions to the problem and facilitates circular supply chain engagement with those solutions. More than 12 events will be undertaken throughout the UK over the next two years. As well as this, a directory of companies relevant to this sector will be produced and encompassed in a larger landscape map accessible to all of the UK Circular Plastic members.
About the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN):
KTN connects people to accelerate innovation, solve problems and find markets for new ideas. We bring together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services to create value and benefit society. The Knowledge Transfer Network is a partnership of people who, together, form an unrivalled network of deep technical knowledge, breadth of expertise, and a firm understanding of how innovation work in business. KTN’s specialist teams work across key sectors of the economy, from defence and aerospace to the creative industries, and from agri-food to materials and health. We work closely with other members of the Innovate UK family, helping businesses to access the right expertise in the research base and the specialist facilities of Catapults and other Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs).
The Knowledge Transfer Network specialises in cross-sector collaboration and at the interfaces of technologies to make connections and foster collaborations of ‘not the usual suspects.’ Our team of innovation experts can connect R&D active or R&D ready organisations to our network of business, academics and other innovation support providers. We meet with innovative companies with ambition to grow to map out needs and capabilities and make introductions. We also host cross-sector events across the UK that are designed to inform and encourage new connections and collaborations.
Visit the KTN website here.
About Innovate UK:
Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the uK government. Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base. Innovate UK connects businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth. Since 2007, Innovate has invested around £2.5 billion to help businesses across the country to innovate, with match funding from industry taking the total value of projects above $4.3 billion. Innovate UK has helped 8,500 organisations create around 70,000 jobs and added an estimated £18 billion of value to the UK economy.
Find out more about Innovate UK here.
About UK Research and Innovation (UKRI):
UKRI works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas. Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £7 billion, UKRI brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. Their mission is to be a trusted partner and to ensure research and innovation continues to flourish in the UK. We will support and help connect the best researchers and innovators with customers, users and the public. We will invest every pound of taxpayers’ money wisely in a way that maximises impact for citizens, in the UK and across the world.
Visit the UKRI website here.