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CIRCULÉIRE Centre of Excellence for Circular Innovation Roadmap Series

CIRCULÉIRE Centre of Excellence for Circular Innovation Roadmap Series

In November 2022, CIRCULÉIRE, in collaboration with its secretariat Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), was granted funding and entrusted with the task of developing a proposal for a Center for Excellence for Circular Innovation. As Ireland’s National Platform for Circular Economy, CIRCULÉIRE aims to continue scaling industry-led circular innovation while leveraging existing expertise and activity within the national circular innovation ecosystem. This significant announcement was made by Ossian Smyth TD, the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Climate, and Communications.

Since its establishment in 2020, CIRCULÉIRE and its esteemed members have been at the forefront of circular innovation, actively supporting manufacturers and their supply chains in embracing the principles of the circular economy,” highlighted Minister Ossian Smyth. “By facilitating the transition to a circular economy, CIRCULÉIRE is playing a crucial role in helping Ireland meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2030.

In pursuit of this mandate, the dedicated team at CIRCULÉIRE has spent the initial six months of 2023 engaging with renowned sustainability experts, including Dr. Ilka Weisbrod, who joined IMR on secondment from Indeed Innovation. Between April and June this year, CIRCULÉIRE has hosted three industry-led consultation workshops in Belfast, Limerick, and Dublin, and virtual discussions with a panel of international experts, and meetings with leading academics in Ireland.

Each of these engagements has provided us with invaluable feedback, shaping the formation of our proposal. We extend our sincerest gratitude to all participants for their active involvement and contribution to this vital endeavor.

As we move forward, guided by the expertise and collaborative efforts of our stakeholders, CIRCULÉIRE is confident that our proposal for a Centre for Excellence for Circular Innovation will pave the way for groundbreaking advancements in sustainable practices, foster greater circularity, and create a more resilient and prosperous future.

On the 31st of July 2023 CIRCULÉIRE will submit their Centre for Excellence proposal to the Department of the Environment, Climate, and Communications, stay tuned for further updates on our progress as we work towards realizing this ambitious vision.


CIRCULÉIRE is a public-private partnership co-created by Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) and three strategic partners: the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EIT Climate-KIC. Together with industry partners, CIRCULÉIRE aims to assist manufacturers and their supply chains to switch from linear to circular business models. In November 2022, DECC announced €1.5m continuation funding for CIRCULÉIRE in 2023.

Read more about CIRCULÉIRE here.

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