Raw materials & feedstocks
At the same time, the global population and affluence is still increasing and with this, further demand for more consumer goods. For the whole world to share the living standards currently enjoyed in the UK, the resources of three planet Earths would be required.1 For a more equitable world, it is clear we all must do more with less material resource.
This section focuses specifically on the challenges we face in sustainable design, conservation of scarce natural resources, conversion of biomass feedstocks and recovered feedstocks.
 I will if you will: Towards sustainable consumption, Sustainable Consumption Roundtable, 2006
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.
Converting readily available, cheap feedstocks and waste into useful chemicals and fuels. (Further information to follow).
Contact and Further Information
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF
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