Pathways To Global Policy, Industry and Societal Impact on Resource Efficiency and Sustainability
27th June 2017 – European Parliament, Brussels
Hosted by John Procter, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, European Conservatives and Reformists Group, brought industry and academia together to showcase the research excellence and impact of the Sheffield based Advanced Research Efficiency Centre (AREC) focusing on environmental sustainability, resource production and consumption efficiency, maximising the center’s global outreach.
Prof. Lenny Koh gave an informative introduction to the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool – Intelligence (SCEnATi) as part of AREC’s research.
SCEnATi is a tool used by leading organizations to map their supply chain and identify improvement opportunities in terms of economic, environmental and social factors by relying on the tool’s businesses intelligence capability integrated within the hybrid lifecycle analysis methodology. Prof Koh emphasized the importance of global stakeholder collaboration using the examples of mobile phone manufacture, use and after life disposal and changes to the motor industry.
Our panel members then gave a short presentation each on their vision for greener supply chains and how world leading research and industry can work closer to achieve the aims of reduced waste and greater efficiency.
Prof 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). Expertise:
Philippe Micheaux Naudet (Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management – ACR, Brussels, Belgium)
Maria Rincon-Lievana (Policy Officer – Circular Economy Action Plan, DG Environment, Brussels Belgium)
Key points from panel discussion
• Innovation is key to a greener economy but innovation needs to be interdisciplinary – we need to identify the problems and identify the disciplines required to solve those problems.
• Greening public procurement is key to improving the environment.
• Investors and innovators need to come together to provide advances in science relevant to industry.
• Issues of energy storage need to be addressed as the innovations in transport continue, especially electric cars and trains..
• Energy security continues to be a global concern
• Circular economy will become fundamental to the global economy
Questions from the floor asked about the barriers to achieve a greener supply chain. Panel agreed that a fundamental change in the cultural approach to purchasing is required, giving consumers the choice to purchase products with a defined life cycle enabling them to make ethical decisions about their purchases.
Governments need to coordinate efforts to mitigate the environmental impact of supply chains.
Researchers need to have more freedom to advance the science required for fundamental change.