The smart sustainable plastic packaging (SSPP) challenge will establish the UK as a leader in smart sustainable packaging and support a reduction in waste entering the environment.
In total it will fund up to £60 million to support academic-led research to address known problems and to support industry-led collaborative research and development of new technologies, matched by £149 million from industry.
The challenge aims to:
- tackle the environmental impact of plastic packaging through the development of a more sustainable plastic packaging supply chain in the UK
- drive research and innovation to develop more sustainable plastic packaging materials and designs, and enable new recycling processes and infrastructure
- encourage collaboration and innovation in integrated circular supply chains using insights into consumer behaviour to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic packaging.
Projects so far
Funded projects include:
- £20 million for four cutting-edge recycling plants
- £8 million for research projects to reduce plastic packaging and increase reusable packaging
- £235,000 for projects developing solutions to deliver a more circular economy for plastic packaging
- £175,000 for feasibility studies that are intended to lead to larger scale projects for future plastic packaging solutions.
Two funding opportunities are opening next year:
- SSPP demonstrator round 2 (open from February 2021) can provide funding of up to £12 million per project for large-scale commercial demonstrator projects, including first of a kind infrastructure or large-scale commercial trials of new packaging technology or systems.
- SSPP business-led research and development competition will provide funding of up to £4 million per project.
Last updated: 30 March 2021