CIRCULEIRE is the National Platform for the circular economy in Ireland


An estimated 100 million tonnes of materials are used annually in the Irish economy. A 5% material improvement across the economy could yield €2.32bn p.a. Yet this opportunity is largely uncapitalized on to date – highlighting the circularity knowledge, capacity building, and implementation gaps or “circular innovation gap” that exists in Ireland.


Manufacturing is a significant proportion of Ireland’s GDP (circa 25% in 2018) and its impact on Ireland is well above the EU average of 14.4% (University of Cambridge, 2017). Six sectors of the economy have been identified as having significant resource productivity opportunities (McCarthy et al., 2019) namely – food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, chemicals & non-metallic mineral products, construction, retail, accommodation, and food services. The manufacturing sector represents a valuable model for scaling the circular economy across the entire economy and underpins the strategic investment in CIRCULÉIRE – the National Platform for Circular Manufacturing.


CIRCULÉIRE is the first cross-sectoral industry-led innovation network dedicated to closing the circular innovation gap and accelerating the net-zero carbon circular economy in Ireland. CIRCULÉIRE is a €4.5m public-private partnership co-created by Irish Manufacturing Research (Secretariat), and three Strategic Partners; the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and EIT Climate-KIC and 25 Founding Industry Members.

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Closing the circularity gap requires cross-sectoral collaboration between business, government, research, and the third sector. Join CIRCULÉIRE and contribute to unlocking the value that resides in an Irish circular economy. Learn more at


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