Circular Economy
All the infrastructure we build, products we use and consume have an associated carbon footprint and circular economy strategies aim to reduce our overall carbon footprint by reusing, remaking and recycling as opposed to disposing and polluting at the end of a products life. A key part of implementing circular economy methods relate to materials manufacturing, but also the social sciences.
Research at the University of Plymouth looks at addressing many different challenges in the delivery of circular economy models. This includes developing a method through which the elements critical for EV batteries can be reused, identifying rare earth metals through plastic recycling, developing ground-breaking methods of making biodiesel from dirty old cooking oil and preventing plastic pollution from fishing gear in the world’s oceans.

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