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Circular Carbon Pathways for a Sustainable Future

How to turn global waste into resource, harnessing “above ground” carbon sources (carbon dioxide, biomass and plastics) as the sustainable feedstocks of the future.

Date: 13th June 2019

Time: 18:00- 21:00

The majority of products we consume today are made from “fresh carbon” obtained from production of oil, gas and coal, or cultivated biomass and the processes by-and-large have a positive carbon footprint.  The best way to reduce the global carbon footprint is undoubtedly to consume less, but with a global population set to reach 10 billion by 2050, higher personal wealth and improved quality of life, our total consumption is inevitably going to rise.  Strategies are needed to reduce our dependence on “fresh carbon” and other “below ground resources” and instead to recycle secondary sources of “above ground” carbon. Those sources mainly consist of carbon dioxide, sustainable and waste biomass and polymers (plastics, rubbers and synthetic fibres). Alongside this change in feedstock mindset, decarbonisation also needs to occur. The use of new chemistries and techniques to avoid production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) form an important part of mitigating climate change. For instance creating turning water into hydrogen for heat, power, fuel and industrial processes without ever creating CO2 or needed to drill for gas. This event will have invite three experts to give their view on different approaches: recycling polymers, utilising CO2 and converting biomass. Three speakers will give their views, followed by a panel discussion with Q&A. The event is intended to raise awareness of the Circular Economy and to show how scientific advances can help us to meet our sustainability, how we can harness waste as the new feedstocks of the future and ultimately meet our climate change goals.

Speakers:

Dr Michelle Lynch, Managing Director, Enabled Future Limited (Converting CO2)

Prof Karen Wilson – Chair of Sustainability, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia (via a recorded web link) (Converting Biomass)    

To be confirmed (Plastic Recycling)

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