Essex County Council – Lead Partner
With over 1.3 million residents, Essex is one of the largest counties in the UK. The council aims to tackle the climate crisis with a series of strategies, policies and commissions. The Essex Climate Action Commission, for example, brings together over 30 independent members to advise on climate change. Essex County Council (ECC) has also adopted a Green Infrastructure Strategy and an Adapting to Climate Change Action Plan.
As lead partner on the BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy Project, ECC will oversee the delivery of each work package. The authority is also responsible for project management and communications.
Working alongside our district and borough councils, ECC will take part in each of the following work packages:
Anglia Ruskin University
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a global institution, with students from 185 countries. We have campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, London and Peterborough. We are one of the top 40 universities in the UK, based on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2021.
One of our visions is to transform lives through inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research.
We prioritise innovative research, with real social impact and global reach. We work inclusively with all sectors to benefit the whole community.
ARU will bring its expert knowledge of the social and circular economy to the BLUEPRINT Project. We will work with local government, social enterprises and residents throughout the project.
ARU will also lead WPT2. This will involve co-designing the training programme and launching an online accelerator network.
Brighton & Hove City Council
Brighton & Hove was one of the first councils to declare climate and biodiversity emergencies. In order to combat these emergencies, we have committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. We have also created a Circular Economy Routemap as part of the city’s Economic Strategy.
The BLUEPRINT project will help us to identify the challenges and opportunities of the circular economy.
It will also help to develop our Circular Economy Programme and provide an opportunity to work with households and schools. The project’s benefits for social enterprises, meanwhile, will boost Community Wealth Building.
Working on BLUEPRINT is a fantastic opportunity for circular economy principles to be embedded in Brighton & Hove.
ESITC Caen is a higher education establishment training engineers in construction work. Our school has 750 students and its own research laboratory. Our research primarily focuses on the efficiency, performance and durability of materials.
The circular economy has been at the heart of our thinking for many years. We have worked on projects to reuse agricultural and textile waste, and sediment from lakes and rivers.
We have also engaged in projects promoting professional development and educational ambition.
ESITC Caen will draw on its experience of Interreg projects whilst working on BLUEPRINT. We will help to disseminate the BLUEPRINT model and promote the project at events. We will also assist with training individuals in the circular economy and construction sectors.
EcoWise Ekodenge Ltd is a digital solutions company. We work in the fields of the built environment, the circular economy, and smart and liveable cities. EcoWise was founded in 2016 in the UK and has a team of 10 experts. Our core aim is to improve sustainability. We do this by developing smart analytics and cloud-based software solutions.
Our expertise includes:
building energy and air quality management
waste management and circular economy
environmental life cycle analysis
architecture and urban design.
The EcoWise team works on several research projects including the BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy. In BLUEPRINT we are working on:
The delivery of the BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy
Mapping of waste flows for local authorities with a databook service
A new product flow mapping approach based on surveys
Identifying circular economy solutions for specific waste flows
A Digital Management, Monitoring & Evaluation Tool for the Circular Economy (CIRCULATES)
Kent County Council
Kent County Council (KCC) is the largest ‘shire county’ in the UK with a population of 1.4m residents. KCC works to support economic growth whilst protecting our natural and historic environment. Achieved by creating and sustaining communities that are vibrant, healthy and resilient. The Sustainable Business and Communities Team delivers various business and environmental based projects. The team provides help and support to the 12 districts in Kent as well as the unitary authority Medway.
Led by the Kent Environment Strategy and supporting Energy and Low Emissions Strategy. A shared vision with successful collaborations. This will result in actions that will ensure that Kent is a place of choice to live, work and visit.
The strategy has 3 themes:
building the foundations for delivery
making best use of existing resources, avoiding or minimising negative impacts
working towards a sustainable future
BLUEPRINT offers an opportunity to engage with residents across Kent and Medway. Reviewing what residents use or discard we can realise a BLUEPRINT to a circular economy.
KCC is supporting all BLUEPRINT work packages.
PECT is an environmental charity with a vision to create sustainable places. It was set up in 1993 after Peterborough became one of four UK Environment Cities.
With 25 years' experience, PECT delivers local, regional and national projects. PECT's work focuses on the natural environment, community wellbeing and responsible resource-use.
The organisation has worked with schools, businesses and local councils across the UK.
As the only charity partner, PECT brings a unique perspective to BLUEPRINT. We will use our engagement and education experience to support all areas of the project.
University of Picardie Jules Verne
The University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV) welcomes 15,000 students across the fields of sciences and humanities.
The "UR UPJV 4287 Habiter le monde" team will be working on the BLUEPRINT Project. We are a multidisciplinary team of anthropologists, geographers and sociologists. Our research includes:
- Urban spaces and the natural environment
- Forms of popular culture
- Exchange of goods and services
We are also interested in topics such as waste management, the environment and consumption behaviours.
The circular economy has been one of our research priorities for many years. We will use our knowledge of the topic to deliver the BLUEPRINT Project. UPJV will work to disseminate the BLUEPRINT model and promote the project at events. We will also draw on our expertise to co-design the WPT2 training programme.
NEOMA (The Chair in Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development)
We aim to shift the current economic landscape. The team focuses on low-carbon innovations in the bioeconomy. We will draw upon our knowledge of the social economy and value-chain analysis within the BLUEPRINT.
We have two key areas of research:
Developing sustainable agriculture for the bioeconomy
Bioeconomy value chains for a sustainable prosperity
Our team specialises in environmental engineering. We teach students how to lower the impact of human activities on the environment.
Our research focuses on the technologies needed to transition towards a circular economy.
We will be supporting BLUEPRINT in the following ways:
our knowledge of the circular economy in Brittany
our understanding of technical solutions for waste management
educational experience to help build the training programme