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What is our approach?

The CEIC approach: a 10 month programme with user and stakeholder engagement, workshops, site visits, action learning, peer learning & support, expert master-class support and NPD/SS mapping & implementation support.

How do we deliver this approach?

  • Experiential workshops that take people through innovation models and Circular Economy knowledge.
  • Creation of inter and intra Communities of Practice of Public Service managers that provide peer support and challenge and facilitate regional working
  • Co-create new service solutions within the networks

Learn more about how Welsh Water and Ford engaged with CEIC principles here

CEIC schematic

The programme is based around:

  • A foundation workshop and two-day residential ‘experiential learning event’ to develop the innovation Community of Practice
  • Monthly workshops around Circular Economy principles, design-thinking and new service solution development theories, tools and techniques; leading to the co-creation of new tools and procedures that address identified Circular Economy challenges through the use of new product development / service solutions  tools
  • Creation and facilitation of action learning sets to support the implementation of new tools and procedures
  • Test and learn ‘on-site interventions’ within selected public service organisations to trial new tools and procedures
  • Best Practice visits to innovative organisations (public and private sector) to develop confidence, knowledge and skills of ‘what works’
  • ‘Workplace exchange’ visits to provide 1 to 1 peer learning and support
  • Creation of ‘innovation champions’ in all organisations to cascade knowledge and skills and sustain activities beyond the programme within the Communities of Practice
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Planned cohort thematic challenges

The CEIC team will coalesce challenge groups from public sector organisations. These groups will explore how circular economy and innovation principles can be used to develop new methods, tools and processes in response to the challenges.

The challenges for upcoming cohorts are as follows:

Swansea Bay Region

Cohort 1 – Sustainable Innovation

Cohort 2 – Decarbonisation of Housing

Cohort 3 – Health and Wellbeing

 

Cardiff Capital Region

Cohort 1 – Decarbonisation of Housing

Cohort 2 – Procurement

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Our key principles

We define the circular economy as:

“A circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and.  designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It is based on three principles:

  1.   Design out waste and pollution
  2.   Keep products and materials in use
  3.   Regenerate natural system”

(The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2020)

CEIC will facilitate the entities engaged to co-create new service solutions to existing Circular Economy challenges that they face.

Innovation Networks

The aim of CEIC is to stimulate inter-organisational collaboration and circular economy engagement within the public sector. The project strengthens inter-organisational partnerships and regional working between entities. The project also aims to sustain and create new employment whilst simultaneously driving productivity and growth within Wales, developing regional service solutions.

Knowledge Access

During CEIC delegates will receive training in developing a number of methods, tools and processes for incorporating circular economy principles. CEIC will generate a greater understanding of how delegates transfer the knowledge gained from participation in CEIC to their own organisation. To encourage inter-organisational collaboration, CEIC delivery will be based on social learning theory, where emphasis is placed upon a ‘learning-by-doing’ approach. The project will be heavily underpinned by education theories around communities of practice, design thinking, action learning, socratic teaching methods and critical reflection. Each cohort will formulate a community of practice, reinforcing the collaborative nature of the CEIC project.

Future Generations

The circular economy aspect of CEIC addresses a number of goals outlined in the Wellbeing and Future Generations Act.  Read our blog here to find out more.

Executive Education

The CEIC programme is delivered as part of Swansea University’s School of Management Executive Education offering. If you would like to find out about other executive education courses offered from the School of Management, please read the below information.

School of Management Executive Education courses are taught by experts in their fields and are aimed at organisations and professionals from all sectors – private, public and third sector – seeking to futureproof their organisation, develop leadership skills and enhance career opportunities.

Executive Education Opportunities at Swansea University’s School of Management  provides a one-page overview of the School of Management’s executive education offer, including:

  • Chartered Institute of Marketing Qualifications
  • Part-Time Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Part-Time Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Bespoke Consultancy and Research Support
  • Full/part time -Advanced Health and Care Management (Innovation & Transformation) MSc (Scholarships available)

https://www.swansea.ac.uk/som/executive-education-opportunities/

https://www.swansea.ac.uk/cy/ysgol-reolaeth/cyfleoedd-addysg-weithredol/

For more information about the courses and bespoke support,  the School of Management Executive Education Team can be contacted at som-execed@swansea.ac.uk and are happy to offer advice and answer any questions.

Our eco-code resolutions

CEIC is underpinned by a number of eco-code resolutions. We resolve to incorporate the circular economy as much as possible into every aspect of the project, aligning with the following key principles.

Regenerate natural systems

We will resolve to:

  • Support a transition to renewable energy and materials
  • Reclaim, retain and restore the health of the planet
  • Return biological resources to nature

We will:

  • Work with our in-house procurement teams to source goods and services that, wherever possible, use renewable energy and materials, and incorporate eco-friendly materials
  • Work with our estates managers to ensure that biological resources generated by CEIC (e.g. food waste) are sent for composting or anaerobic digestion
  • Volunteer to be part of local biodiversity initiatives such planting trees, cleaning beaches and collecting litter
  • Celebrate and disseminate good ideas and practices developed in CEIC that contribute to the regeneration of natural systems

 

Our participants will:

  • Learn about circular economy strategies that regenerate natural systems
  • Hear about and/or see good examples from the public, private and third sector that produce/use renewable energy and materials and returning biological resources to nature (via, for example, composting)
  • Find out about regional companies that provide/use renewable energy and materials, eco-friendly materials and anaerobic/composting solutions
  • Be informed about opportunities to participate in biodiversity initiatives via the CEIC website

Share

We resolve to:

  • Share, reuse and prolong the life of all project assets as far as is possible
  • Encourage CEIC operation participants to take up opportunities to share assets
  • Adopt and promote transport sharing

We will:

  • Work with our in-house procurement teams to source assets that are:
  1.  Hired or leased, rather than purchased
  2. Reused or second-hand
  3. Designed for durability, maintenance or upgrade
  • Encourage transport sharing (bike hire, car share, use of public transport) for essential travel
  • Select workshop and event locations that are, wherever possible, easily accessed by public transport
  • Provide travel guidance for participants and facilitate transport sharing to all CEIC workshops and events
  • Build Communities of Practice that encourage the sharing of knowledge and other assets across organisational boundaries
  • Celebrate and disseminate good ideas and practices for sharing assets that are developed during CEIC

Our participants will:

  • Learn about circular economy strategies that share assets effectively
  • Hear about and/or see good examples from the public, private and third sector that include asset sharing, reuse and lifetime extension
  • Hear about and/or see good examples of transport sharing in the public, private and third sector
  • Hear about and/or see good examples of assets that are shared across regions and between organisations
  • Find out about regional companies that offer asset sharing solutions

Optimise

We resolve to:

  • Adopt energy, water and other resource efficient practices within the CEIC operation
  • Encourage CEIC participants to adopt energy and resource-efficient practices
  • Optimise the socio-economic benefits associated with the circular economy for Wales by working with local business, third sector and community-based organisations where possible
  • Use the most environmentally friendly choice for essential travel on the operation

We will:

  • Work with our in-house procurement teams to source products with minimum/zero packaging, that do not have to be transported long distances
  • Turn off all heating and lighting in our rooms when it is not needed
  • Turn off office equipment when it is not in use
  • Minimise the use of consumable resources, including water, during workshops and events
  • Design a durable, reusable poster to display our eco-code at workshops, conferences and events
  • Engage in active travel (cycle, run or walk) to the office or event venues where possible
  • Make travel choices that prioritise environmental impact over speed (for example, selecting travel by ferry and train over flying for essential overseas travel)
  • Monitor and publish the carbon footprint of CEIC’s essential travel and of any actions that have been taken to part-compensate for project emissions
  • Provide active travel advice to participants attending CEIC workshops and events
  • Celebrate and disseminate good ideas /practices developed in CEIC that contribute to resource, water and energy efficiency

 

Our participants will:

  • Learn about circular economy strategies that optimise the use of resources (including energy and water)
  • Hear about and/or see examples from the public, private and third sector that optimise energy, water and resources
  • Find out about regional companies that can support the public sector in becoming more resource and energy efficient

Loop

We resolve to:

  • Ensure that we play our part in looping resources by implementing good practices for managing our unavoidable waste

We will:

  • Look for opportunities to reuse CEIC assets locally at the end of the operation
  • Send suitable products to local organisations for remanufacture/ repurposing
  • Make sure systems are in place to recycle all our materials at the end of their first life, including metals, glass, plastic and food
  • Celebrate and disseminate good ideas/ practices developed in CEIC that create effective resource loops

 

Our participants will:

  • Learn about circular economy strategies that create resource loops and keep materials in use for longer
  • Hear about and/or see good examples of public, private and third sector organisations who have created value from “waste”
  • Find out about regional companies that can support the looping of resources through reuse, remanufacture, repurposing and recycling

Virtualise

We resolve to:

  • Dematerialise CEIC operations as far as possible

We will:

  • Strive for paperless office operations
  • promote the CEIC operation online via our website
  • Use ICT to minimise travel on the CEIC operation (virtual meetings, promotion events and other activities)
  • Look for opportunities to present CEIC outputs at virtual conferences and events
  • Display our eco-code on the CEIC website
  • Celebrate and disseminate good ideas and practices developed in CEIC that use virtualisation to increase resource efficiency

 

Our participants will:

  • Learn about the role that dematerialisation/virtualisation plays in the circular economy
  • Hear about and/or see good examples from the public, private and third sector of services that use virtualisation effectively
  • Find out about regional companies that can support the public sector to dematerialise their activities

Exchange

We resolve to:

  • Promote new ways of doing things that support a circular economy

We will:

  • Work with our procurement teams to choose better, where we can’t choose circular – for example, low carbon technologies that don’t yet have a defined end-of-life
  • Keep ourselves informed of new materials, technologies and systems that support a circular economy and continuously assess their relevance to the CEIC programme, updating and continuously improving our delivery
  • Accept that not all processes developed in CEIC can be circular – and celebrate and disseminate good public service innovation in all its forms that is developed in CEIC

 

Our participants will:

  • Learn about radical circular economy concepts that challenge the norms of their everyday activities
  • Learn in an environment that encourages an ‘anything is possible’ mindset, rewards creativity and innovation, celebrates success and learns from failure