Circular London circular economy accelerator

In partnership with Carbon trust, we have launched London’s first circular economy accelerator programme, which will take startups with an MVP through a tailored 6-month programme of growth to commercialise their innovation.

The first cohort will address industry-led challenges within the built environment, delivering scalable solutions to help London’s transition to a low carbon, circular economy.

The problem

Cities consume 75% of primary energy, are responsible for 70% of carbon emissions, and consume 75% of the world’s natural resource products. [1]

The construction and operation of the built environment consumes 60% of all materials in the UK. [2]

More than 400 million tonnes of materials are delivered to UK sites each year. Of these, 60 million tonnes go to landfill due to over-ordering, ordering incorrectly or damage due to poor storage. [3]

Construction and demolition projects generate 25–30% of the total waste in Europe. [4]

It is estimated that only up to 65% of office building capacity is utilised. [5]

Buildings account for 36% of total CO2 emissions and 40% of energy demand in Europe [6]

The opportunity

The value creation opportunity is significant, amounting to €105 billion between now and 2025 [7]

Good design and collaboration can result in building materials retaining 60% of their original value at the end of first life. [8] 

The Programme

Recognising that no two businesses are the same, our circular economy accelerator will offer a bespoke journey of growth for the selected startups, which will include:

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Bespoke support

Designed to accelerate your business growth with no equity or fees.

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Access to finance

Investment readiness support, connections to investors and other sources of funding.

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Access to market

Facilitated introductions to potential customers and market validation from industry leaders and supporters of the programme.

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Access to expert mentors who will guide your personal and professional growth.

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Access to free desk space and meeting rooms, and benefit from peer collaboration in LWARB’s new circular office in Shoreditch.

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Access to LWARB’s extensive network of built environment, circular economy, public sector, and policy connections.


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Want to know more?

For more information please get in touch: Jessica Brodrick – Business Development Officer


[1] Barker, M. (2008) Time to bin industry’s lavish habits [Online] Construction News, Available at:

[2] EUROPEAN COMMISSION (2016) Construction and Demolition Waste [Online] Available at:

[3] Miller, N. (2014) Workplace Trends in Office Space: Implications for Future Office Demand, University of San Diego; GSA Office of Government Wide Policy (2011) Workspace Utilization and Allocation Benchmark.

[4] Carra, G. and Madgani, N. (2017). Circular Business Models for the Built Environment. Ellen Macarthur Foundation CE100.

[5] University of San Diego, 2011

[6] SystemiQ & Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2017), ‘Achieving Growth Within’

[7] SystemiQ & Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2017), ‘Achieving Growth Within’

[8] Arup and BAM (2017), ‘Circular Business Models for the Built Environment’