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Working towards sustainable food production and consumption - Prof Adisa Azapagic & Dr Tim Fox - Online

Date From: 17 October 2017
Description: This webinar will give an overview of pertinent sustainability issues in food supply chains, considering different stages in the life cycle of food production and consumption in the context of the food-water-energy nexus. These include: i) agriculture; ii) processing and packaging; iii) distribution, storage and retail; and iv) food consumption.
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: Online

Time: 09:00-10:00

Cost: Free of charge, open to all
Organiser: Food & Drink Special Interest Group

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The sustainability issues across these life cycle stages will be illustrated through case studies, including anaerobic digestion of agricultural and food waste, milk processing and production of ready-made meals and food wastage (waste and losses) in the Asia-Pacific supply chains of Singapore. The emphasis will be on energy consumption, carbon footprint and other relevant environmental impacts. Some social aspects will also be explored, such as labour-related issues, retail and hospitality sector procurement practices and consumer behaviour.

The IChemE and IMechE are thrilled to present two excellent speakers for this webinar: Professor Adisa Azapagic and Dr Tim Fox. Adisa has a long list of high impacting achievements in this area from leading an internally leading research group to masterminding a carbon footprinting tool for industry. Complementing this, Tim has provoked a large amount of press and government interest with claims that almost half of the world's food is thrown away.


Prof Adisa Azapagic
Professor Adisa Azapagic FREng is Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester where she leads Sustainable Industrial Systems, an internationally-leading research group applying the principles of sustainable development and life cycle thinking in industrial practice. Her research interests include sustainable production and consumption, life cycle sustainability assessment and corporate sustainability. She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Production and Consumption and Editor-in-Chief (Environment) of Process Safety and Environmental Protection, both published by Elsevier on behalf of the IChemE.

Professor Azapagic has received several awards for her research work, including the top IChemE award for Outstanding Achievements in Chemical and Process Engineering and GSK Innovation Award for masterminding the CCaLC carbon footprinting tool for industry ( For more information, visit

Dr Tim Fox, IMechE
Dr Fox is an internationally recognised expert in low carbon energy systems, sustainable food systems, cleantech and climate change mitigation and adaptation. He has extensive experience in engineering R&D, marketing, business development, commercialisation, funding acquisition, thought leadership and policy advocacy gained in UK, EU and international commercial environments. Tim operates as an independent consultant and thought leader at the nexus of science-technology-policy-business-communications. He is Chair of the IMechE Food & Drink Engineering Committee and a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Clean Energy and Public Engagement at Exeter University.

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A one-hour online session: 40 minutes' presentation + 20 minutes' Q&A.
Duration (for CPD recording purposes): up to one hour.

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