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Key Issues will be discussed at Balancing Resource Efficiency with Climate Change Conference

Sustainable Development Group
16 Nov 2019

Sessions will cover, Product & Process Design for a Low-Carbon Economy, Life Cycle Perspectives in a Circular Economy, Carbon Capture Scenarios and The UK Resource and Waste Landscape with Panel discussions after each session. The presenters give an outline of their contributions to the conference to be held in London on November 26th 2019.

The Challenge of Electric Vehicle Battery Recycling: Dr Anthony Hartwell, Project Leader, The ReLiB Project

Whilst a carbon neutral UK will require a move away from diesel and petrol engines towards electric and possibly hydrogen vehicles, there will be a need to ensure that end-of-life batteries can be dealt with in a resource efficient way, recovering the key materials for reuse/recycling. This paper will address the measures being taken to address this challenge and to help guide future battery cell design. 

Innovation Roadmap Towards a Carbon-Neutral UK: Dr Graham Hillier, Director, Centre for Process Innovation which acts as a catalyst bringing together academia, businesses, government and investors to translate bright ideas and research into the marketplace.

There is no doubt that successful carbon neutral technologies will present huge business opportunity for industry and academic institutions and increasingly there is a need for these groups to work together to find workable and cost-effective solutions. Along with the ISCF initiatives, new business models/new products will emerge that could capture UK intellectual property and put the UK at the forefront of low carbon technology developments.

When is Recyclable not Sustainable: Dr Sandy Smith, MD, thinkstep, UK

Life Cycle Assessment has become a necessary tool to support and  enable decision makers to consider the wider implications of strategies for improvement. Examples are given which may on the face of it appear to be good solutions to solve specific environmental problems but LCA  can be used to identify how some of these solutions may have unintended, even counter intuitive consequences.

Carbon Capture from a Life Cycle Perspective: Professor Peter Styring, Professor of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry, Professor of Public Engagement, University of Sheffield

The IPCC report set out strategies and approaches to constrain global warming to 1.5 deg C and this included proposals for carbon negative technology options such as Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage yet the technologies proposed have in many cases not yet been demonstrated at scale or reached the technical maturity level to support investment decisions. This paper sets out the state of art for Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage and proposes the research and development needed to generate cost effective industrial scale engineered solutions.

How can Aerospace Address the Climate Challenge? Dr. Andy Clifton CEng, Sustainability Manager – Engineering and Design, Rolls-Royce plc

Climate change continues to shape our world and is emerging as a major driving factor affecting long term resilience in industry and the global economy. Its influence on how and where we live will continue to grow in significance in the absence of appropriate action to abate greenhouse gas emissions. At Rolls-Royce, we see it as our responsibility, as well as a business imperative, to play a leading part in helping society transition to a net zero carbon economy whilst helping to maintain the levels of connectivity and comfort afforded by our products and services. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of some of the key aspects of the strategy and technology being developed to help deliver on our need to address the climate change challenge.

Plant Trees and Stop Burning Rainforests: Dr Graham Holt, Collegium Basilea

Climate change has resurfaced in the media as a major topic of interest with claims for society's need for carbon neutrality as a means of arresting global warming.  Unfortunately, the media gives little space to the consequences of achieving carbon neutrality in terms of the effect on UK society nor is much written on the long-term global aims of the human race.  This paper addresses both local, national, and global consequences.

Make Plastics Great Again: Packaging from Sustainable Sources: Professor James Elliott,Dept of Materials, University of Cambridge

Cracking the Packaging Recycling Challenge: Professor Edward Kosior MD, Nextek Ltd. Nextek are this year's winner of the IOM3 Prince Philip Award for polymers in the service of mankind in relation to their extensive work on tackling the issues around Recycling and Plastic Pollution.

Developing End-of-Life and Recycling Infrastructure: Dr Adam Read Director, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK

Open to IOM3 members and non members

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