Dublin City Council to offer businesses free circular-economy training

Jan 12, 2021

Starting on Jan 20th, Dublin City Council is running MODOS Webinar Series - Pathways to the Circular Economy.

Together with the Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Management Plan Office, the Dublin City Council Economic Development Office is making available an interactive webinar series about the Circular Economy.

Beginning on Wednesday, January 20th at 4pm to 5pm, the webinars are free and are packed with useful and specialist information  for businesses and for those interested in how we move to a more sustainable and resilient economy.

Register here.

A Circular Economy offers potential benefits for our economy, environment and communities. However, moving business models and operations towards circularity can be challenging. The MODOS Pathways to the Circular Economy webinar series provides expert knowledge and real-world insights about the practicalities of creating circular economy businesses and circular economy hubs in a post-COVID, post-BREXIT Ireland. 

The webinars are produced by the Upthink Innovation Agency and are informed by the MODOS CE training programme for business,. The webinars will feature speakers from business, finance, policy and research and will address a range of topics including innovation, scaling businesses, leveraging finance, the role of technology and the potential of the bioeconomy.

The MODOS Pathways to the Circular Economy webinar series is designed to inspire and create awareness for a range of stakeholders about the circular economy (CE) principles, concepts and practice. This series is aimed at SME’s, investors, public service actors, policy makers, public representatives, academics, students, social enterprises, change makers and citizens. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to all those attending 2 or more of the webinars in the series.

The Pathways to the Circular Economy webinar series is FREE to attend, but registration is essential. 

The webinar series topics and dates are as follows:

  •  What is the Circular Economy?
        4pm – Wednesday 20th January 2021
    What is the case for the circular economy? Discover the opportunities, challenges and gaps.
    • Peter Corcoran – MBio
    • Dr. Geraldine Brennan – Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR)
    • Patrick Barrett – Dept. Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM)
  • The Future of Food and Bio-Based Systems   4pm – Wednesday 27th January 2021   

The world population is to exceed 9.8bn by 2050.  Food production needs to increase by 70% and net emissions reduced to zero.  What are the circular opportunities for growth in your business?  

• Cliodhna Dowling – Nutramara
• Teresa Patton – Green Generation 
• Deirdre de Bhailís – The Dingle Hub
• Dermot Hanley – Roundtable Partners 

  •  Financing the Circular Transition
       4pm – Wednesday 3rd February 2021
    The funding landscape and options. How is the transition financed? What are the funding options available to you? 
    • Dr. Geraldine Brennan – Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR)
    • Dr. Conor Hanley – CEO Fire1 Foundry
    • Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli – Irish Bioeconomy Foundation (IBF)


  • Re-thinking Packaging in the Circular Economy 
      .  4pm – Wednesday 10th February 2021  
    What is the future of packaging of our goods and food?  Plastics has a role to play. Is it using  plastic differently? There’s no single answer but we’ll discuss the options and opportunities.
    • Sinead Murphy – Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP)
    • Russell Walshe, Garrett Walshe – VivaGreen
    • Romain Couture – Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR)