UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for CircularMetal

Lead Research Organisation: Brunel University
Department Name: BCAST

Abstract

Historically, the discovery, development and application of metals have set the pace for the evolution of human civilisation, driven the way that people live, and shaped our modern societies. Today, metals are the backbone of the global manufacturing industry and the fuel for economic growth. In the UK, the metals industry comprises 11,100 companies, employs 230,000 people, directly contributes £10.7bn to the UK GDP, and indirectly supports a further 750,000 employees and underpins some £200bn of UK GDP. As a foundation industry, it underpins the competitive position of every industrial sector, including aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, defence and general engineering. However, extraction and processing of metals are very energy intensive and cause severe environmental damage: the extraction of seven major metals (Fe, Al, Cu, Pb, Mn, Ni and Zn) accounts for 15% of the global primary energy demand and 12% of the global GHG emission. In addition, metals can in theory be recycled infinitely without degradation, saving enormous amounts of energy and CO2 emission. For instance, compared with the extraction route, recycling of steel saves 85% of energy, 86% GHG emission, 40% water consumption and 76% water pollution. Moreover, metals are closely associated with resource scarcity and supply security, and this is particularly true for the UK, which relies almost 100% on the import of metals.

The grand challenge facing the entire world is decoupling economic growth from environmental damage, in which metals have a critical role to play. Our vision is full metal circulation, in which the global demand for metallic materials will be met by the circulation of secondary metals through reduce, reuse, remanufacture (including repair and cascade), recycling and recovery. Full metal circulation represents a paradigm shift for metallurgical science, manufacturing technology and the industrial landscape, and more importantly will change completely the way we use natural resources. Full metal circulation means no more mining, no more metal extraction, and no more primary metals. We will make the best use of the metals that we already have.

We propose to establish an Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre, CircularMetal, to accelerate the transition from the current largely take-make-waste linear economy to full metal circulation. Our ambition is to make the UK the first country to realise full metal circulation (at least for the high-volume metals) by 2050. This will form an integral part of the government's efforts to double resource productivity and realise Net Zero by 2050. We have assembled a truly interdisciplinary academic team with a wide range of academic expertise, and a strong industrial consortium involving the full metals supply chain with a high level of financial support. We will conduct macro-economic analysis of metal flow to identify circularity gaps in the metals industry and to develop pathways, policies and regulations to bridge them; we will develop circular product design principles, circular business models and circular supply chain strategies to facilitate the transition to full metal circulation; we will develop circular alloys and circular manufacturing technologies to enable the transition to full metal circulation; and we will engage actively with the wider academic and industrial communities, policy makers and the general public to deliver the widest possible impact of full metal circulation. The CircularMetal centre will provide the capability and pathways to eliminate the need for metal extraction, and the estimated accumulative economic contribution to the UK could be over £100bn in the next 10 years.
 
Description Right to Repair Roundtable Report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Royal Academy of Engineering and UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals roundtable on Right to Repair Thursday 14 October 2021 at 12:00pm-3:00pm Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG This roundtable brought together members of the engineering research community, manufacturers of household appliances and electronics, and third sector organisations to discuss the opportunities and challenges of 'Right to Repair' legislation for UK manufacturers.
URL https://www.bigrepairproject.org.uk/blog/right-to-repair-roundtable
 
Description BACpack
Amount £127,553 (GBP)
Funding ID 95749 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 08/2021
 
Description CarbonVue - integrated carbon and productivity end-to-end supply chain management
Amount £1,327,337 (GBP)
Funding ID 88865 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 11/2022
 
Description Foundry2030
Amount £626,144 (GBP)
Funding ID R/168334 
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 08/2022
 
Description Manufacturing Made Smarter Network+ (MMSN+)
Amount £100,763 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/V016555/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 08/2021
 
Description Manufacturing of lightweight structural components for high performance electrical machines by electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT)
Amount £62,471 (GBP)
Funding ID R/155683 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 09/2021
 
Description Overseas Aid
Amount £3,480,321 (GBP)
Funding ID AT2030 
Organisation UK Aid 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2022 
End 02/2024
 
Description Repowering the Black Country Phase 2 Cluster Plan
Amount £1,498,970 (GBP)
Funding ID 73028 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 02/2023
 
Title Big Repair Project 
Description Citizen Science Dataset on repair of household appliances, electronics 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Impact on repair behaviour 
URL https://www.bigrepairproject.org.uk/
 
Description Community Repair 
Organisation The Restart Project
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research Collaboration NICER Funded
Collaborator Contribution Research impacts of Community Repair Cafe in Brighton
Impact Multidisciplinary
Start Year 2022
 
Description #CEweekLDN Webinar: Metals in construction and the circular economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Sumit Hazra (WMG) gave a presentation representing the CircularMetal CE Centre at the Alliance for Sustainable Buildings Products (ASBP) webinar on metals in construction and the circular economy, as part of Circular Economy Week London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://asbp.org.uk/events/ceweekldn-webinar-metals-in-construction
 
Description Aluminium Alloy formulation from Shredded End-of-life Vehicles 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Online presentation given at the 4th Annual Vehicle Recycling Conference 25th November 2021
Event which offers a meeting place for top manufacturers, researchers, academics, decision-makers and other business professionals who are keen to share their knowledge and experience in the most pressing issues of vehicle dismantling. The conference represents a unique opportunity for learning, exchanging opinions, and expanding one's network enabled by live presentations followed by dynamic Q&A sessions - providing the attendees with valuable insights from the representatives of the biggest scrap metal recycling companies and leaders from automotive and manufacturing industries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://lp.bcf-events.com/4th-annual-vehicle-recycling-online-conference/#:~:text=ABOUT%20THE%20CONF...
 
Description Aluminium from Cans to Cars: Recycling the future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Online presentation at the Warwick Manufacturing Group Research Colloquium on 27th April 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIosZiubzUY
 
Description Aluminium recycling: Is there still magic? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Blog posted on Innoval website
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.innovaltec.com/aluminium-recycling-still-magic-blog/
 
Description BBC Climate Creatives Festival: "Can storytelling revive our planet" session 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Matthew Winning (UCL co-investigator) was a panellist for"Can storytelling revive our planet" session of the BBC Climate Creatives Festival, 2021.

Following November's landmark UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and with the 2030s being described as the crucial decade to protect the health of our planet, Climate Creatives aims to discover how we can best engage with one of the biggest stories of our time. The festival was a day of inspiration, stimulation and collaboration for all creatives and storytellers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/events/climate-creatives-festival/watch-again/can-storytelling-revive-...
 
Description BBC Inside Science Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Big Repair Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0013hjr
 
Description Circular Design: NICER programme webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Fabrizio Ceschin (Circular Metals co-investigator, Brunel) gave a talk on Circular Design in a dedicated webinar as part of the NICER Programme Event Series (28th of October 2021).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Critical Conversations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Online discussion Right to repair: how can we end built-in obsolescence?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.raeng.org.uk/events/events-programme/2021/october/critical-conversations-right-to-repair...
 
Description Dare to Repair - How We Broke the Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact World Service Radio Series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct2gj1
 
Description Dare to Repair Radio Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Importance of Repairability to Sustainability
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000vgh8
 
Description Dare to Repair interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact You and Yours BBC Radio 4 Consumer Affairs Programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Development of a metal health service (MHS) for metallic components - The MHS project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Development of a metal health service (MHS) for metallic components - The MHS project at NICER Programme ECR Summer School 14-16 March 2021 by E. Bagherpour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Environmental Materials 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Sustainability talk ay St Pauls School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Financial Times Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Big Repair Project Interivew
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ft.com/content/aabe2aee-cd2b-42e4-9a0b-51f838da89db?shareType=nongift
 
Description Formulation of Wrought Aluminium Alloys from Post-consumer Scrap Streams 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online presentation at the IFAM: International Forum on Advanced Materials on 18th October 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Fully Charged Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Right to Repair discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://fullycharged.show/podcasts/podcast-132-the-right-to-repair-with-helen-czerski/
 
Description Green Steel: The Role of Scrap webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A webinar hosted by the Future Steel Manufacturing Research Hub (SUSTAIN). The Advanced Steel Research Centre (ASRC), Supply Chain Research Group (SCRG) and Data Science Group, in WMG at the University of Warwick (Partner in the CircularMetal CE Centre) have been collaborating with various stakeholders and focusing on research in the following aspects:
1. State-of-the-art analysis on the UK steel scrap supply and utilisation
2. Current scrap supply chain practice and circular scrap supply chain design
3. Technology development to improve scrap quality, remove impurities and increase residual tolerance in steel
4. Identifying opportunities, challenges and strategy recommendations for increased scrap utilisation

This Webinar provided an opportunity to hear some of the research findings, but also to share views with the wider community for shaping future relevant research and thinking to support a greener UK steel industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.sustainsteel.ac.uk/events/2021/green-steel-21
 
Description If I Do Just One Thing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cheltenham Science Festival Sustainability Event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science-/whats-on/2021/if-i-do-just-one-thing/
 
Description Inspiration Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Royal Institution Family talk, Zoe Laughlin, Ben Oldfrey, Mark Miodownik
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.rigb.org/whats-on/your-inspiration-making-material-difference
 
Description Interview for The Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Big Repair Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jan/23/right-to-repair-uk-tech-electronic-waste?CMP=Shar...
 
Description Interviews with experts on Circular Metal Visions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Circular Metal CE Centre team from Brunel Design interviewed, over the period 03/06/2021 to 31/08/2021, 30 experts to gather insights on desirable circular metal visions for the 2050 (between ). Experts were from businesses (across the full metal value chain), governmental organisations, NGOs, policymakers, and researchers from various disciplines. The interviews raised awareness of the activities of the Circular Metals CE Centre and informed the direction of future activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description IoM Repair Cafe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Repair Workshops
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/events/detail/repair-cafe-electronics-repair
 
Description Is Aluminium a Fuel for Tomorrow? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Blog posted on Innoval website
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.innovaltec.com/aluminium-fuel-for-tomorrow-blog/
 
Description Lab Innovations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Royal Society of Chemistry. Lab Innovation Exhibition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.labbulletin.com/articles/get-ready-the-return-lab-innovations
 
Description Launch of UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals, one of five centres recently funded as part of a £22.5 million government investment hosted its official launch as an online event during the Covid-19 pandemic. The centre is a collaboration between Brunel University London, University College London and Warwick University; and over 30 industry partners.
The launch outlined the Centre's vision and aims to make the UK the first country to fully circulate metals by 2050; and included speeches from prominent figures in industry, the public sector and academia. There were opportunities for networking and lively panel debate sessions with guest speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.circularmetal.co.uk/
 
Description Low Carbon Alloy Formulation from Secondary Aluminium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Online presentation given at the ALUS 10: 10th International Aluminium Symposium, Istanbul, 3rd March 2022
10th International Aluminium Symposium was jointly organized by Turkish Aluminium Industrialists Association (TALSAD), TUBITAK Marmara Research Center and METEM-UCTEA Chamber of Metallurgical and Materials Engineers's Training Center and was held on March 3-4, 2022 at Istanbul Fair Center, Yesilköy, Istanbul. The symposium took place at the same place and time with the ALUEXPO 2021 7th International Aluminium Technologies, Machinery and Products Trade Fair organized by Hannover-Messe Ankiros Fair. 10th International Aluminum Symposium aimed to bring together aluminum sector and the academia on the same platform to share scientific and technological developments that will shape the industry in an international environment in all its dimensions. The main objective of this symposium was to inform participants about the recent developments and provide a vision for the future of Turkey's aluminium sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL http://www.alusist.com/English/Report
 
Description Materials for 21st Century 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Sustainability talk at Collyers School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Munchen TEDX Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Animate materials talk and debate
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://mbasic.facebook.com/cookie/consent-page/?next_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fmbasic.facebook.com%2Ftedxmu...
 
Description NICER Circular economy Showcase 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof. Marl Miodownik chaired an expert panel on Circular Innovation at the NICER Circular economy Showcase 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description New Designers Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Discussion with young designers on importance of Repair sponsored by Anglepoise
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description OECD Technical Expert Workshop on Modelling the Impact on Circular Economy and Low Carbon Transitions of the Covid-19 Recovery Packages 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Alvaro Calzadilla (Circular Metals co-investigator from UCL) sat on a panel of experts at the OECD Technical Expert Workshop on Modelling the Impact on Circular Economy and Low Carbon Transitions of the Covid-19 Recovery Packages (13-14 April 2021). This workshop convened leading experts on modelling of economy-environment interactions. The workshop considered ongoing modelling efforts to quantify the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and government response measures on economic activity and environmental pressure. The aim of the workshop was to investigate the relationship between the post Covid-19 economic recovery and the transition to a resource-efficient and circular economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.oecd.org/environment/indicators-modelling-outlooks/oecdtechnicalexpertworkshoponmodellin...
 
Description Online launch of "Hot Mess" book 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An online launch of the books "Hot MEss" by Dr Matthew Winning (Circular Metal UCL co-investigtaor) and "Saving Us" by Katharine Hayhoe.

The event was about climate change communication with Matt Winning in conversation with world-renowned climate expert Katharine Hayhoe. Matt's new book 'Hot Mess: What on earth can we do about climate change?' explains climate change to the wider public using jokes and personal stories, while Katharine's new book, 'Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World,' details how we can better talk about climate change to help solve the problem. They discussed their experiences of effective communication and using novel techniques to reach new audiences on climate issues. The event included readings and a good, old-fashioned Q&A.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/sustainable/events/2022/jan/book-launch-and-conversation-matt-winning...
 
Description Radio Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC You and Yours Consumer Affairs Programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000xfgv
 
Description Recovery Centre Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Right to Repair Discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Remaking steel for a net zero carbon circular economy - blog post by Raimund Bleischwitz and Matthew Winning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A Blog post by Raimund Bleischwitz and Matthew Winning (CircularMetal co-investigators) for UCL ISR's COP26 Together for Climate Action campaign about the role of circular steel in achieving global decarbonisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/news/2021/sep/remaking-steel-net-zero-carbon-circular-economy
 
Description Repair Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Institute of Making Repair Workshops
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/events/detail/repair-week-right-to-repair-talk
 
Description Right to Repair - Going Forward 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organized by Rediscovery Centre - The National Centre for the Circular Economy (Ireland); Mark featured as speaker
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Right to Repair Discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Radio 4 - Broadcasting House
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description School talks at Chaddesley Corbett Primary School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Prof. Claire Davis gave talks on to primary school pupils to spark awareness of recycling and metals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Self-repairing Materials 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Animate Materials Discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2021/03/animate-materials/
 
Description Steeling for a sustainable future: How could the UK steel industry compete through supply chain? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A webinar organised by Prof. Jan Godsell to launch WMG's report 'Steeling for a sustainable future: How could the UK steel industry compete through supply chain?'. The report is a collaboration between Supply Chain Research Group (SCRG), Advanced Steel Research Centre (ASRC), WMG at the University of Warwick and industrial partners.

A sustainable UK steel industry is important to the future growth of the UK. As we are in a transition towards the low carbon economy, it is inevitable that the steel industry will move to a scrap-based model, which enables us to fully utilised recyclable materials than mine from the ground. This provides a great opportunity for UK steel manufacturers to rethink how they could gain a competitive advantage through technology and supply chain innovation.

This webinar presented an overview of key findings in the report, including:
- Current landscape of the UK steel industry
- Assessing the current scrap steel supply chain to identify issues
- Strategies and enablers to build a sustainable supply chain
- Following the presentation, there will be an interactive panel discussion on the key findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/research/scip/eventspage/futureviabilitywebinar
 
Description Sustainability: driving change within companies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Right to Repair Business Event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Tech Obselecence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Which? Money Podcast
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.which.co.uk/money/podcast
 
Description The Observer Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A trip to the dump is one of my great pleasures in life - and I'm not alone
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/may/22/trip-to-the-dump-great-pleasures-in-life-not-al...
 
Description The UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The NICER Programme is the largest UKRI investment focussing on Circular Economy (CE) to date. The £30 million investment supports five National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy research Centres each, of which Cicular Metals Centre is one, focusing on a particular resource flow and an integrating Circular Economy Hub to coordinate, scale and add value to the programme as a whole. Together with your support, we aim to innovate and deliver a step change to the UK Circular Economy (CE) Landscape.

The UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme launched through a four day event running from 24th - 27th May 20221. The event introduced the five National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres and the cross-cutting Circular Economy Hub, which together form the NICER Programme. The event programme included a a range of expert speakers, and interactive and panel sessions, including a Workshop led by the Circular Metals Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ce-hub.org/news/the-ukri-national-interdisciplinary-circular-economy-research-nicer-programm...
 
Description UK FIRES (Future Industrial Resource Efficient Strategy) Annual Meeting 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Raimund Bleischwitz was an expert panellist at the UK FIRES (Future Industrial Resource Efficient Strategy) Annual Meeting on 20 July 2021. The event aimed to showcase UK research and emerging best practice to reveal growth potential caompatible with absolute zero emissions. The Annual Forum, funded as part of the UK FIRES research grant from UKRI, is intended to create awareness and connection between all significant UK groups exploring growth opportunities within a future zero emissions industry. The event will lead to a directory of current activity which will be shared with participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ukfires.org/annual-forum-2021/
 
Description Visions for a 2050 Metal Circular Economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Circular Metal CE Centre team from Brunel Design hosted a 1-day co-design workshop with 22 experts with the aim of validating circular metal visions for the 2050 and defining related enablers and barriers (February 2022). Experts were from businesses, governmental organisations, NGOs, policymakers, and researchers from various disciplines.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022