Scientists and industrialists share their vision for UK's circular economy in a post-Brexit world

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09 Jul 2018 14:04:31.197

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The BBC’s science presenter Tom Heap will be asking the experts vital questions about the future of the ‘green’ or ‘circular’ economy in a post-Brexit UK at a conference at the Royal Society in London this week.
Key players from academia, industry and government will be presenting and discussing their visions for the opportunities and new technologies that will accelerate the regenerative economy that is needed to replace the ‘make, use and dispose’ manufacturing systems of the past.
The event has been organised by the University of Nottingham-led C1net – a BBSRC-NIBB (Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy). C1net promotes the development of new ways of turning polluting industrial waste gases into usable fuels and chemicals.

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The UK’s Industrial Strategy was published in late 2017 and outlines five foundations of productivity: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business environment and Places. The Circular Economy will play a key role in the transformation of the UK’s economy as it supports each of these core foundations. Application of circular economy principals will directly apply to the Grand Challenges of Clean Growth and the Future of Mobility, enabling production of sustainable and competitive products from existing domestic resources.

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Assembled by C1net, a network of companies and academics focused on utilizing single carbon, waste gases carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide and methane to make everyday fuels and chemicals, this conference will showcase real opportunities that can support the Industrial Strategy and can be deployed to create revenues and jobs as part of a circular economy in post-Brexit Britain and globally. 
Director of C1net, Professor Nigel Minton, said: “Our conference will be a timely and important opportunity for key leaders in industry, research and government to discuss and distill into a strategy, the opportunities for rolling out the ground-breaking zero-waste, carbon-neutral and environment cleansing technologies being developed. These new systems could make a workable, profitable circular economy a reality in the future with the right level of support from all sectors.”
The Circular Economy Now conference takes place on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at the Royal Society in London. Moderated by BBC journalist, Tom Heap, the panel based sessions will discuss themes of Resources, Innovation and UK markets.
Coordinated from the University of Nottingham and Oxford Brookes University by Professors Nigel P Minton and David Fell, respectively, C1net is one of thirteen Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).  More information at their website 

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More information and details for the press and media on how to attend is available from Jacqueline Minton, Project manager in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences on 

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