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CIRCULÉIRE participate at first Public Service Transformation Conference 23rd October 2023

CIRCULÉIRE participate at first Public Service Transformation Conference 23rd October 2023

There was a packed room at this afternoon’s session on Evidence for Sustainability panel as part of the Department of Public Expenditure NDP Delivery & Reform Transformation Conference with Ossian SmythGeraldine Brennan, PhD Head of Circular Economy Irish Manufacturing Research along with Andrew Brownlee CEO SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) who discussed the work of their respective organisations, and the role of evidence in shaping policy and service delivery in the area of sustainability, moderated by Rowena Dwyer. The discussion highlighted what activities are underway develop the necessary skills, environment and capacity building required to reach our climate targets in 2030 and beyond.

Geraldine Brennan highlighted CIRCULÉIREs’ key objectives to support and accelerate industry-led circular economy implementation and innovation at scale through awareness raising, knowledge sharing through our annual thematic working groups, supporting industry policy engagement, 1-2-1 capacity building around circularity through supporting companies to develop a circular strategy and action plans, the 2020-2022 innovation fund which de risks circular innovation pilots, late-stage circular venture accelerator and engagement EU/international ecosystems related to ISO Standard Development to OECD Working Groups.

Geraldine Brennan, PhD explained how CIRCULÉIRE structurally enables feedback from stakeholders eg industry and public sector investors through Steering Group representation by members who are elected by the network to represent industry perspectives in terms of programme design. In 2020-2022 CIRCULÉIRE ran 8 thematic working groups on topics ranging from – Circular Bioeconomy to Industrial Symbiosis to Circular Procurement to Circular Design, Circular Packaging, Circular Plastics, Redirecting Finance Flows to the Circular Economy to demystifying for industry the End of Waste and By Products Regulatory Regime. All available at the CIRCULÉIRE Knowledge Library https://lnkd.in/e5rTKA57

Andrew Brownlee outlined how SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) is bridging the skills gap in the public sector with the focus on green careers such as bio diversity, retro fitting, sustainable finance and highlighting the green skills for construction pledge to ensure that every FE learner would have access to green / sustainability module. https://lnkd.in/e2iRDDtp


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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