BLUEPRINT to a circular economy
Brighton & Hove has joined nine other partners from England and France to reduce the creation of waste and move to a circular economy.
BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy, funded by the Interreg France (Channel) England programme, is the first of its kind. It will provide practical solutions for designing out waste and pollution by reusing, repairing and recycling existing resources.
The project brings together world-class research centres and councils. It will not only provide a framework to help us move to a circular economy but also aims to increase household recycling rates and drive the creation of new jobs.
Total project budget is 5.6m euros, of which the European Regional Development Fund contributed 3.8m euros.
The project runs until June 2023. Find out more about BLUEPRINT on the project’s website.
The project lead is Essex County Council (UK). The other partner organisations are Anglia Ruskin University (UK), EcoWise Ekodenge Limited (UK), ESITC Caen (France), Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle (France), Kent County Council (UK), NEOMAS BS (France), Peterborough Environment City Trust (UK), Université de Picardie Jules Verne (France).
Interreg France (Channel) England
The Interreg France (Channel) England Programme is an EU programme set up to foster economic development in the south of the UK and north of France by funding innovative projects which have a sustainable cross-border benefit in the Programme’s eligible regions.
What the circular economy is
Circular economy principles are based on moving away from the ‘throw-away society’ to one that minimises waste and pollution. It keeps products and materials in use for as long as possible and supports the protection of natural resources.
A circular economy aims to generate less harm to the environment and redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. Watch this film about explaining the circular economy.