27/9/10 – Innovation Towards Sustainable Materials Conference to be held on 10-11 November 2010, London, UK
27 September 2010
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) with the support of the Environmental Sustainability KTN, the Tata Sons Climate Change Group and Harsco Metals Group, are to hold the Innovation Towards Sustainable Materials Conference at the Royal Society, London on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 November 2010.
The IOM3 says that sustainable development, including the drive towards a low carbon economy set against a backdrop of demands for improved living standards with an increasing world population, remains the primary challenge of the 21st Century. The conference will explain the approach across a range of material sectors and will consider the issues across whole supply chain from the mining of raw materials through to consumer products and market sectors such as construction, automotive, packaging and energy sectors. In addition, it will explore the methods and tools, such as life cycle assessment, which can be used to support decision making towards sustainability.
The institute says that it has created a comprehensive programme which sets out the future challenges and aims to help the materials industries and associated professions to re-think their collective role and to set out new strategies. As well as meeting the demands of sustainability there are also huge opportunities for businesses to support the development and adoption of new technologies and also to consider new business models which are better aligned to meet future needs.
The programme features presentations from Professor Roland Clift MBE (Distinguished Professor of Environmental Technology, Surrey University), Ian Christmas (Secretary General World Steel Association), Per Sandberg (Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development), The fee to attend both days is £280.00 plus VAT for IOM3 members and £350.00 plus VAT for non-members. Concessions are available for students and delegates currently not in employment.
As well as a session that sets the global scene, of particular interest to abrasives and manufacturing companies are session that cover materials sourcing, processing technologies and extractive industries on 10 November. Issues for the construction industry will also be covered. Sustainable Manufacturing and Processes will be part of the programme on day 2 of the conference.