Resource efficiency in a circular, post-Brexit economy. What is the plan?
01 March / 13.30-14.30
We need to use fewer resources and ‘close the loop’ so that ‘thinking circular’ influences all our decision making on this finite and increasingly resource-challenged planet. This session explores three key areas where thinking circular can have significant impact: Think water: water is not an infinite resource (World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk Report 2020) and water crises are among the top global risks. Think materials: reduce materials and focus on low carbon materials – engineering and construction are some of the worlds’ largest consumers of raw materials. Think waste: this should be considered as part of the material economy. Are the new buildings and infrastructure designed for reuse actually reused? Finally, do we have the skills and knowledge needed and sufficient understanding about partnership working to deliver a circular economy?
This session will explore the issues.
Professor David Greenfield, Managing Director, Soenecs and RAEng Visiting Professor of Circular Economy, University of Brighton
Closing the Loop
Kate Young, Senior Public Affairs Officer, Aldersgate Group
Why we must decarbonise materials
Dr Cyrille Dunant, Senior Research Associate in Material Efficiency in Construction, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge and member of the Use Less Group
Droughts and floods, why a circular approach is critical
Siraj Tahir, Senior Engineer, Circular Water Economy Lead, Arup
Why waste is part of the material economy
Judith Sykes, Director, Expedition Engineering