Eco-I 2019 Conference
Innovation for Clean and Sustainable Growth
Hosted by The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation
at Lancaster University
on 19th - 20th September 2019
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 Ausit 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.
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".
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 challengers. Eco-I 2019 brings together academia, industry, and policy to share how recent research advances are driving eco-innovation across six key global challenges. The six key global challenges are:
Key global challenge areas
Reducing energy use, increasing energy efficiency and moving toward lower carbon sustainable energy sources across energy generation, transformation, distribution and consumption.
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.
Supporting improvements in the way that waste materials are managed through solutions that offer greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact.
Encouraging all production and consumption chains and systems to be organised in a more circular and efficient way.
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.
Supporting eco-innovation for optimum management of natural capital to contribute to the delivery of clean and sustainable growth.
Open call for abstracts
Applications are now open for abstracts to highlight research advances in these 6 key global challenge areas seeking solutions led by innovation. Authors are invited to submit abstracts of either oral presentation or posters on one of the six themes. Abstracts are welcome from academics, R&D scientists and idustrial companies. Due to the nature of this conference, abstracts that demonstrate impact through collaboration with an external partner (other than a HEI) will be given preference during the interview process.
Agenda and registration available from 31st March 2019.
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