£22.5 million funding announced for new circular economy research centres

The UK Government today announced £22.5 million funding for five new research centres, which will be used to develop better reuse and recycling techniques in textiles, electronics, metals, construction and chemicals.

Seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, preserve natural resources and provide new opportunities for UK industries, research aims to explore how the reuse of waste materials in the textiles, construction, chemicals, transport, electronics and metal industries can protect the environment and the economy.

The five new Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres will be located in London, Loughborough and Exeter, and are to be funded by the government as part of UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Priorities fund. The centres will also see an additional £11.2 million of funding and in-kind support from external partners, as well as support from host universities.

Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “We want to further the UK’s status as a world-leader in finding green solutions to industrial challenges, and 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 – another great step forward as we build back greener from coronavirus and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”