Circular Economy Research and Innovation Group Wales
Working together with colleagues in the Higher Education for Future Generations Group, Wales, the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Wales and the Welsh Government, Swansea University has set up the Circular Economy Research and Innovation Group (CERIG) for Wales.
Moving towards a circular economy requires a multi-disciplinary approach, encompassing research and innovation into areas such as: designing products for refurbishment and re-use; developing new materials and extracting useful resources from natural materials; developing new business models that incentivise the manufacturer to design a product for longevity; developing appropriate standards and governance arrangements; and investigating how we can communicate the opportunities and challenge perceptions of the circular economy.
Only by combining expertise across a wide range of disciplines can we truly tackle the systems change needed to make the circular economy a reality.
We have a lot of this expertise in Welsh universities and by working together we can address circular economy challenges.
The proposed aim of the group is to ’connect complementary expertise and experiences to facilitate circular economy innovation and research in Wales’.