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Sustainable Materials - with both eyes open

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The world target is to reduce industry’s carbon emissions by 50% by 2050. However, projections are that world demand for materials will DOUBLE by 2050, so to meet our emissions target, we have to achieve a 4-fold reduction in emissions per unit of material used. Dr Julian Allwood will present a practical, evidence based vision for change based on scientific detail. His lecture will not be about climate change—but about using materials wisely, and getting more for less.

Julian Allwood is a Reader in Engineering at the University of Cambridge where he leads the Low Carbon Materials Processing research group and is a fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He worked for 10 years for the aluminium industry and currently holds an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship which funds the WellMet2050 project. He is a lead author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

This talk is part of the 10th Annual Sustainable Development Lecture Series 2012 series.

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