The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals (CircularMetal) aims to transform the metals industry and make the UK the first country in the world to have fully circular metals system. This means understanding the supply and demand of metallic materials in the UK and globally to develop actionable solutions and policies to increase resource productivity while meeting Net-Zero Carbon targets.
To realise this bold ambition the Centre will explore ways to ‘close the loop’, to find ways in which supply chains can minimise or eliminate the need to extract primary metals. This requires a step change in product design, ensuring products are designed for durability, reuse, repair and remanufacture. Working with an interdisciplinary team of academics and industry partners, CircularMetal will also research and develop new technologies to enable the recirculation of existing metals.

Objectives of the CircularMetal centre include increasing reuse of existing metals to minimise waste and the need to extract more metals, causing environmental damage.