Ossian Smyth, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications with responsibility for the Circular Economy and Communications, announced funding of EUR1.5m (US$1.56m) for Circuléire this week owing to the project’s success and its significant achievement.

He said: “Since its inception in 2020 Circuléire and its members have been leading the way in circular innovation, supporting manufacturers and their supply chains to embrace circular economy principles. The transition to a circular economy, supported by Circuléire, will contribute to Ireland achieving its targets in greenhouse gas reductions by 2030.”

Circuléire, initially a three-year programme launched in 2020, is a national circular manufacturing platform dedicated to the development of innovation and demonstration projects, which are designed to support the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

The project aimed to close Ireland’s circularity gap through baselining, auditing, business case development and deep demonstration innovation projects delivering significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) (Scope 1, 2 and 3) and in waste production across the network.

It is a public-private partnership created by Irish Manufacturing Research and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and EIT Climate-KIC with 25 Founding Industry Members.

The 2022 Circuléire virtual conference showcased the impacts, insights and learning from cross-sectoral innovation pilots funded by Circuléire in the construction, furniture, and medical devices, plastics and textiles sectors.

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Smyth further remarked that stakeholders and industry have recognised the value of the role played by Circuléire, which is in line with the objectives of both the Circular Economy Strategy and the Climate Action Plan.

More information on the circular manufacturing project can be found here.