Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) Showcase in the European Parliament

On 27th June 2015, the AREC team, led by Professor Lenny Koh, showcased its research and impact at the ‘Pathways to Global Policy, Industry and Societal Impact on Resource Efficiency and Sustainability event at the European Parliament, Brussels.

The event was hosted by John Procter, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, through the White Rose Brussels group, and attended by policy makers, industry representatives and academics. The main aims of the event were to present the impact of AREC’s research and develop potential future connections to further extend AREC’s impact reach.

The programme for the day included a panel discussion from 
Professor Lenny Koh, Professor Panos Ketikidis (Vice Principal: Research and Innovation, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield in Thessaloniki, Greece), Jay Sterling Gregg (European Energy Research Alliance, representing “e3s”, Brussels, Belgium), Philippe Micheaux Naudet (Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management – ACR, Brussels, Belgium) and Maria Rincon-Lievana (Policy Officer – Circular Economy Action Plan, DG Environment, Brussels Belgium).

Professor Koh presented the SCEnATi (Supply Chain Environmental Analysis) tool to the group of industry specialists and academics. The SCEnATi tool is used within the university and industry to produce comparative hybrid life cycle assessments of functional materials and devices.

Professor Koh commented “Being resource efficient and sustainable should be embedded as a new norm in every supply chain, every business and every organisation whether these are public, private or third sectors. Policies that support this goal, industry practices that promote such implementation, technologies/tools that enable this achievement, and research and innovation that underpin the delivery of this new norm would lead to positive societal, economic and environmental impact”.

 

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