Ireland has launched its first Circular Economy Academy to assist social enterprises to develop successful businesses using circular economy models.
The circular economy model is a perfect fit for Irish social enterprises and community organisations looking to establish a new project or expand operations whilst supporting climate action and environmental protection. It enables products to stay in circulation for longer through reuse, repair and innovation, and prevents the creation of waste.
Launched by the Dublin-based Rediscovery Centre, the Circular Economy Academy will provide businesses with training in circular business planning, financing options, training, sustainable material sourcing, technical support, incubation, access to market, networking and diversification strategies.
It is estimated that the circular economy has the potential to generate 5000 new jobs and contribute €1.65 billion to Ireland’s GDP, regenerating communities and supporting local enterprise.
Dr Sarah Miller, CEO of the Rediscovery Centre, said: “The Rediscovery Centre is delighted to launch this first stage of the Academy to the social enterprise sector. The Academy is a game changer for the circular economy in Ireland. It will bring some of Ireland’s best expertise to emerging and diversifying social enterprises to help them grow and develop successful circular businesses.
“The recent launch of the Climate Action Plan by Minister Bruton highlights the role of the circular economy in tackling climate breakdown. Ireland has ambitious targets to meet. We believe that social enterprises and sustainable Irish businesses have a key role to play in reaching those targets. We are encouraging social enterprises and community groups throughout Ireland to get in touch to see how we can work together on activities that will create a more sustainable, low-carbon future.”
The Rediscovery Centre is currently seeking expressions of interest from social enterprises to participate in the Circular Economy Academy. Interested parties can email: CEMovement@rediscoverycentre.ie.
The Rediscovery Centre is a creative movement connecting people, ideas and resources for greener, low carbon living. It supports four reuse social enterprises; Rediscover Furniture, Rediscover Fashion, Rediscover Paint and Rediscover Cycling. These social enterprises use unwanted materials donated for reuse to create new upcycled products and designs.
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