Royal Society Public Lecture: Sustainable Materials - with both eyes open

12 November 2012, 6:30pm


Royal Society Public Lecture: Sustainable Materials - with both eyes open

Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG

18:30 - 19:30

Dr Julian Allwood is leader of the Low Carbon Materials Processing Group in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

One third of the world's carbon emissions are emitted by industry. Most industrial emissions relate to producing materials, and steel and cement are by far the most important contributors. The industries that make materials are energy-intensive, so have always been motivated to be efficient, and have now reached a fantastic level of performance. However the world's demand for materials is growing, and likely to double by 2050. By default, industrial emissions will also double unless we do something differently. A five year project involving 20 large industrial partners, has led to six 'material efficiency' options which allow for the same services, such as housing or transport, with significantly less material. Dr Julian Allwood will demonstrate how these strategies can be applied in practice and sets out an agenda for making a big difference to global emissions.

Attending this event

This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required. Doors open at 6.00pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

A recorded video will be available on this page a few days after the event.

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Form more information please see: http://royalsociety.org/events/2012/sustainable-materials/

Professor Julian Allwood

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge