Chemistry for Tomorrow's World: Sustainable Design Policy Event
'Is Chemistry the Key to Sustainable Living?'
Keynote Speaker - Dr Mike Pitts, Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network
23 November, 2010
The Library, The Chemistry Centre, Burlington House
In order to ensure that the environmental impact of new products is reduced, consideration of raw materials use and decisions on design need to examine the whole lifecycle of a product. An understanding of the principles of reduction, remanufacture, reuse and recycle (4Rs) should guide the design of new products.
The chemical sciences will be key in helping to ensure these objectives are fulfilled. This will involve everything from developing new composite materials that are readily recyclable to delivering clear, measurable standards for life-cycle analysis (LCA).
The RSC has identified Sustainable Product Design as one of the active top-ten challenges for the chemical sciences to tackle in the next 5 - 10 years. This lecture will provide an insight into the role of the chemical sciences in implementing sustainable product design and the policy issues which surround this.
Dr Mike Pitts is the Manager of Sustainable Technologies Priority for the Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network. His work covers areas including life-cycle analysis and communication, alternative feedstocks and low-carbon technologies.
This event is for an invited audience only. For further information, or to apply for an invitation, please contact Mindy Dulai.
Interact and Discuss
Join us for an informed and frank discussion on a topic which is close to many people's hearts. The discussion has already begun on MyRSC, have your say.
Creating and sustaining a supply of sustainable feedstocks, by designing processes and products that preserve resources.
Developing biomass conversion technology to sustainably produce renewable fuels and chemicals.
Developing alternative materials and new recovery processes for valuable components which cannot be replaced.
Reducing waste by considering the entire lifecycle during design and increasing downstream processing and re-use.
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Contact and Further Information
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 420066
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 426594