Initiatives and Case Studies
WEEE Ireland membership with CIRCULÉIRE
In 2020, WEEE Ireland became a founding member of CIRCULÉIRE. Through our membership with this national platform for circular manufacturing, our scheme is actively involved in collaborative work related to Circular Economy innovation on behalf of our Members. In 2021, WEEE Ireland and partners secured funding for two projects from CIRCULÉIRE’s Innovation Fund.
WEEE Ireland Initiative / WEEE Ireland & Partners / Other / Rethink
CIRCULÉIRE is a public-private partnership (2020-2022) dedicated to driving large scale systems-level innovation that show the business and societal value for embracing circularity in Ireland and accelerate the transition towards a zero-carbon circular economy
CIRCULÉIRE will de-risk, de-mystify and deliver circular economy concepts taking companies on a journey from linear to circular business models through knowledge sharing, capacity building, baselining, auditing, business case development, thematic working groups and deep demonstration innovation projects – deploying €1.5m in innovation funding. CIRCULÉIRE will operate a hybrid funding model leveraging both industry and public investment.
Irish Manufacturing Research, in collaboration with strategic partners, the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EIT Climate-KIC and 25 Founding Industry Members including WEEE Ireland, soft launched CIRCULÉIRE – the National Platform for Circular Manufacturing at the end of January 2020.
CIRCULÉIRE is engage in collaboration with actors from across the Irish innovation ecosystem – government; MNCs; SMEs, solution providers, academia, NGOs and social enterprise. Through the platform WEEE Ireland looks forward to engaging with its Members on Circular Economy innovation for the Electrical and Battery Sector.
In 2020, WEEE Ireland and partners applied and successfully secured funding from CIRCULEIRE for 2 Circular projects :
- White Goods Repair Skillset for a Circular Economy (CESI Project), run in partnership with the White Goods Association and FIT.
- Long-Life Lithium Batteries (LLLB) Centre of Excellence run in partnership with KMK Metals recycling and Wisetek.