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Material efficiency: providing material services with less material production

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Starts:

January
302012

09:00

Ends:

January
312012

17:00

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Image courtesy of Daniel Cooper, WellMet2050

Organised by Dr Julian Allwood, Professor Mike Ashby FRS, Professor Timothy Gutowski and Dr Ernst Worrell

One third of the World’s energy is used to make and shape materials. Economic development correlates with material consumption, but in a climate and resource constrained future, this cannot continue. Material Efficiency – delivering material services with less material production – was part of our history, and the need to pursue it in future raises scientific, technical, economic, sociological and political challenges.

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Session 1

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Constraints on the future material system: availability, substitution and thermodynamics

Professor Timothy Gutowski, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

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Could energy intensive industries be powered by carbon free electricity?

Professor David MacKay FRS, DECC and University of Cambridge, UK

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Resource convergence and resource power: towards new concepts for material efficiency

Dr Petri Vasara, Pöyry Management Consulting, Finland

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The economic and technical reality of material efficiency to date

Professor Robert Ayres, INSEAD, France

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Material efficiency in a multi-material world

Professor Reid Lifset, Yale University, USA

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Material efficiency in Dutch packaging policy

Professor Ernst Worrell, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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Material efficiency in economic and climate policy

Dr Cameron Hepburn, London School of Economics, UK

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Material efficiency: integrating science and practice

Professor Jacqueline Cramer, Utrecht Sustainability Institute and Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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A low carbon economy and society

Professor John Urry, University of Lancaster, UK

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Policy for material efficiency

Professor Walter Stahel, University of Surrey, UK and Product-Life Institute, Switzerland

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Social limits to dematerialisation

Professor Tim Jackson, University of Surrey, UK

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The politics of material efficiency

Professor Bruce Hannon, University of Illinois, USA

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Panel discussion

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Energy and the English industrial revolution

Professor Sir Tony Wrigley, University of Cambridge, UK

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Transitions to material efficiency in the UK steel economy

Dr Julian Allwood, University of Cambridge, UK

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Visionary rather than practical: craft, art and material efficiency

Dr Tanya Harrod, Bath Spa University, UK

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Material efficiency: providing material services with less material production The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK