The Sustainability working group is working with industry, academia and Composites UK to develop understanding, awareness and use of lifecycle analysis, recycling, waste reduction and sustainable resources.
Increasing the market penetration of composites will reduce environmental impact through weight reduction and durability, but there is a strong need to incorporate circular economy principles alongside the rapid development of composites.
Key priorities include:
- Develop capability in life cycle assessment and costing to show the benefits of composites
- Develop markets for recyclates with associated standards and support creation of GRP recycling supply chain
- R&D to integrate industrial biotechnology into the supply chain and optimise value of natural fibres
- Reduce waste and develop energy efficient manufacturing technologies
Stella Job, Composites UK