IChemE Focus: Sustainable Production

24 August 2020

Online: 09:30–16:30 BST.

Virtual seminar

This virtual seminar will share current thinking and good practice on the topic of sustainable production.

Key topics include sustainable technologies, life-cycle assessment and its management, and the circular economy. Invited speakers from industry, academia and beyond will share practical insight from their current working practises, processes and research, as well as offering an insight into future trends.

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  • 09:30

  • 09:35
    Energy and resource efficiency: the role of chemical engineers in addressing climate change 
    Kit Oung, IChemE Energy Centre.

  • 10:00
    Transitioning from drivers and barriers to understanding what's at stake for established manufacturing SMEs in engaging with a circular economy
    Ann Stevenson, Cardiff University, UK.

  • 10:25
    The role of microalgae in the future of circular economy
    Caroline Samberger, Senior Technical Advisor, Energy Services, KBR, UK.

  • 10:50

  • 11:15
    Many happy returns - how refillable and returnable packaging systems could solve the plastics problem
    Rachael Rothman, Sarah Greenwood, Harriet Baird, Rorie Parsons, Stuart Walker and Anthony Ryan, University of Sheffield, UK.

  • 11:40
    Barriers and drivers for industrial sustainability in chemical and metalwork European SMEs
    Alessandra Neri, Politecnico Di Milano, Italy.

  • 12:05
    Life cycle assessment and sustainable production
    Owen Abbe, Senior Analyst, Life Cycle Assessment, BP, UK.

  • 12:30

  • 13:30
    Are bioplastics really green?
    Rachael Rothman, Stuart Walker and Anthony Ryan, University of Sheffield, UK.

  • 13:55
    How advances in process automation can enhance sustainable production methods
    Chris Hamlin, Hancock Hamlin.

  • 14:20

  • 14:45

  • 15:00
    Closing the loop: refining heavy industrial waste into essential raw materials for manufacturing
    Sean Molloy, CEO, Avertana, New Zealand.

  • 15:25
    BioSNG: a new thermochemical process for converting biomass and municipal solid waste into green gas
    Dr Massimiliano Materazzi, University College London.

  • 15:50
    Generation ‘Self’? Engaging millennials in a slow fashion lifestyle 
    Christina Albrecht, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

  • 16:15
    Closing remarks

  • 16:25

Fees and registration

  • IChemE members: £99.00 + VAT
  • Non-members: £119.00 + VAT

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