On Thursday 14th June, EPA will launch Innovation for a Circular Economy, a €600,000 funding programme to support innovators in Ireland to develop and demonstrate solutions that meet consumer and business needs at a lower environmental cost. The EPA will be inviting applications from companies and organisations that are working in the following areas:

– Food Waste Prevention
– Construction & Demolition
– Plastics
– Eco-design

Moving Ireland to a circular economy, where materials are conserved and kept in use as long as possible, will require changes in how we make products and how we deliver services. By being clever about what we make, and being careful about how we use the goods and services in our lives, we can save raw materials and reduce waste while maintaining a good lifestyle.

Projects could include reducing raw material usage in new products; novel approaches for recovering & recycling materials; or new business models to replace product ownership with services.

Financial support is provided on a co-funding basis. More information on the four thematic areas will be provided on 14th June, and projects will be underway before the end of 2018.

Funding for ‘Innovation for a Circular Economy’ is provided by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment. It is implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency