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Innovation for Clean and Sustainable Growth

Conference hosted by The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Location: Lancaster University

Date: 19th - 20th September 2019

Eco-I 2019 brings together academia, industry, and policy to share how recent research advances are driving eco-innovation across six key global challenges: energy, waste, food water, resource efficiency, and natural capital. Descriptions regarding these six key global challenges are available below.

The conference aims to highlight various facets of innovation for clean and sustainable growth, showcasing a challenge-led, solution-driven approach and the importance of collaboration. This conference will be low-carbon, completely free of single use plastics and all conference information will be available digitally. To help us achieve this and for your convenience, we encourage you to bring reusable water bottles and mugs.

Challenge led and solution driven

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has set out the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius and states that "barriers to Green House Gas (GHG) mitigation and opportunities for overcoming them arise throughout the innovation system". By responding to challenges such as climate change and GHG mitigation, eco-innovation is an avenue for developing solutions that are effective and have impact.

The Science of Innovation

Eco-Innovation is the development of new products, processes, and services which delivers positive environmental impact. It is a key mechanism for delivering changes required to respond to climate change and will support the global need to live within the limits of the planet. It has the power to decouple global economic growth from resource use and is fully consistent with delivring the UK Clean Growth Strategy. It will be an integral part of the successful transformation towards a low carbon economy, which could grow 4 times faster than the economy as a whole for the next 15 years.

The Art of Collaboration

To deliver sustainable, equitable development we must work across the boundaries of a variety of commercial sectors and academic disciplines focusing on shared global environmental challenges. Eco-I 2019 will facilitate this by bringing together representatives from academia, industry, and policy who all share a common goal towards a clean and sustainable future, and by providing various networking opportunities. Eco-I 2019 is your opportunity to discover what is going on in the world of eco-innovation, with focus on the six key global challenges.


Key global challenge areas

At the conference, there will be two parallel sessions focusing on different key global challenge areas that delegates have the choice to attend. During registration, attendees will have to choose two of the six key global challenge areas, as there will be two sessions that will each host three simultaneously.

First parallel topics:


Reducing energy use, increasing energy efficiency and moving toward lower carbon sustainable energy sources across energy generation, transformation, distribution and consumption.


Supporting improvements in the way that waste materials are managed through solutions that offer greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact


Providing the world's growing population with a sustainable and secure supply of safe, nutritious and affordable high-quality food using less land with lower inputs, and in the context of climate change across the whole food supply system.

Second parallel topics:


Encouraging eco-innovation in the supply, treatment, and use of water across industrial, agricultural, and domestic sectors to ensure global access to safe and sustainable supplies.


Resource Efficiency

Encouraging all production and consumption chains and systems to be organised in a more circular and efficient way.


Natural Capital

Supporting eco-innovation for optimum management of natural capital to contribute to the delivery of clean and sustainable growth.

Conference Admission

Event admission will be free of charge, and you can register for the conference here. Please note that all travel and accommodation costs are at the expense of the attendee. Additionally, there will be various optional sessions, one of which being the conference dinner, which will incur an additional charge of £37.50 which must be paid by the attendee during registration. We recommend that you only plan your travel after you have received your registration confirmation.

Plan Your Trip

Find all the information you need to plan your trip and organise your stay in Lancaster in our 'Plan Your Trip' section.

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Conference Format

Lancaster University generates the most renewable energy on site of all English universities. We are offering delegates the opportunity to tour the innovative facilities to demonstrate how we achieve this and how we successfully engage our staff and students with sustainability initiatives on campus.

The two tours available to choose from are:

Biomass boiler and wind turbine tour

A tour of the campus-based biomass boiler and wind turbine with Jan Bastiaans and Jonathan Mills. Talks at both locations will take place outside and will focus on innovation. Transport to the facilities will be arranged. Availability on this tour is limited to 40 delegates so registration is required.

EcoHub tour

A tour of the campus-based EcoHub staff and student growing facility with Edible Campus, part of Green Lancaster. Delegates will hear about the EcoHub initiatives, which include permaculture, orchard planting, and campus chickens. The talk and tour will take place outside and will focus on innovation. Delegates will travel to the EcoHub on foot (15 minute walk). Availability on this tour is limited to 40 delegates so registration in required.


Throughout the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to visit the poster stands and business stands, which will form the main exhibition, as well as the art exhibition, which will display Ashley Cooper's Images of a Warming Planet.

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The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is an award winning centre which supports the development of new products and services with environmental benefits. The Centre delivers high quality business-led research through Lancaster University and its partners; University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, University of Cumbria, University of Chester, University of Central Lancashire and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Why Lancaster University?

Lancaster University generates the most renewable energy onsite out of all English universities. A Science Innovation Audit led by Lancaster University has demonstrated that the North West Coastal Arc hosts the unique range of assets in research quality, people, technology, and place to exploit clean growth and become world leading in the development of low carbon and eco-innovative products, services, and technologies.