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Electives 2

Tuesday 1st November


1. Collaborating for a better future: our sustainability journey

Shirley Duncalf, Bidvest Foodservice
Find out about the key actions Bidvest have undertaken to manage their carbon emissions, including their transport, the environment and their stakeholder engagement.

  • 09:30-10:30
  • Aston University
  • Room G11 (Byng Kendrick Lecture Theatre)

2. The Paris Agreement: what might you do to make it work?

Professor Tim O’Riordan, University of East Anglian and Professor Keith Clarke, visiting professor at Aston University
The World agreed to act on climate change in 2015 with the momentous Paris Agreement. How will this impact on your professional lives? What can you do to make it succeed? The future is in your hands.

  • 09:30-10:30
  • Aston University
  • Room MB653 (Wright Lecture Theatre)

3. GE’s approach to sustainability: Ecomagination

Mark Elborne, CEO of General Electric (GE)

GE are investing in cleaner technology, committing to reduce the environmental impact in their operations whilst solving some of the toughest environmental challenges to create a cleaner, faster, smarter tomorrow.
  • 10:00-11:30
  • Aston University
  • Room MB651 (Sumpner Lecture Theatre)

4. Struggling with sustainability?

Matthew Knight, Director of Energy Strategy at Siemens UK
Companies must play a vital part in decarbonisation.  How do corporations and the people who inhabit them develop understanding of and commitment to sustainability? This session will explore the way science, strategy, culture and events change companies’ behaviour and how some are responding to climate change.

  • 11:00-12:00
  • Aston University
  • Room G11 (Byng Kendrick Lecture Theatre)

5. GE Digital, the Industrial Internet of Things, Mind & Machines

Mark Elborne, CEO of General Electric (GE)

Find out how brilliant machines are providing the insights to make smarter decisions.
  • 13:30-15:00
  • Aston University
  • Room MB651 (Sumpner Lecture Theatre)

6. You Call the Shots; setting the UK’s climate change and energy strategy

Tom Anderson, Aston EBRI
You get to ‘call the shots’ at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as you map out the UK’s strategy to meet our global climate change commitments whilst ‘keeping the lights on’. The decisions you make will affect more than just energy policy – you’ll be having an impact on the state of our economy; the cost of our energy bills; and how we value nature and the environment. In the first half of this elective we’ll be discussing and debating the difficult decisions and trade-offs that policy makers have to consider as they craft energy policy and you’ll be challenged to come up with your own strategy for achieving the UK’s carbon reduction target. In the second half you will get the chance to put your strategy to the test using DECC’s www.My2050.decc.gov.uk computer simulation tool.

  • 13:30-14:30
  • Aston University
  • Room MB370

7. Flood risk management: impacts, recovery and adaptation

Professor David Proverbs, Birmingham City University
This session will draw on research evidence gained over a 15year period towards investigating the impacts of flooding on communities and the built environment. Focusing predominantly on UK flood risk management challenges, the session will highlight the importance of appropriate recovery and adaptation measures as part of an integrated approach to the management of flood risk.

  • 15:00-16:00
  • Aston University
  • Room G11 (Byng Kendrick Lecture Theatre)

Wednesday 2nd November


8. Never mind the science, what about the numbers?

Trevor Oliver, Aston EAS
Leaving aside the concerns about a 2 degree or 4 degree world can we really continue using finite fuel resources at the current rate? What do the numbers tell us? What are the options for “business as usual”? This session will consider the finite nature of the materials that allow us to do the things we do and will address the challenge of how the UK will “keep the lights on” as we decarbonise our economy.

  • 09:30-10:30
  • Aston University
  • Room G11 (Byng Kendrick Lecture Theatre)

9. Mission Emissions: The route to a greener Jaguar Land Rover

Thomas Hughes, Sustainability, Jaguar Land Rover
This elective will provide useful insights into the practices and initiatives employed by Jaguar Land Rover to minimise the environmental impacts of company’s logistics operations. Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are designed in the UK, but they are dispatched for sale to no less than 177 countries using road, rail and sea transport. Managing these global supply chains presents many opportunities to think progressively and act efficiently to reduce environmental impact.

  • 11:00-12:00
  • Aston University
  • Room G11 (Byng Kendrick Lecture Theatre)

10. Working with governments to tackle climate change

Theo Mitchell, Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA)
Carbon Capture and Storage is an essential technology to enable the continued use of fossil fuels in a deeply carbon constrained world and when combined with sustainable bio energy fuels, it can effectively result in the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. Hear from CCSA’s Policy Manager about how he works with governments to tackle climate change.

  • 11:00-12:00
  • Birmingham City University
  • Millennium Point Auditorium


11. Decarbonising the built environment: examples, opportunities and discussion

Chris Trott, Foster+Partners
The lecture will introduce recent examples of decarbonisation in the built environment by reference to Foster + Partners recent master plan, building and transport projects.  The challenges of for the built environment over the next 30 years will then be introduced and potential carbon reduction strategies presented.  The lecture will then include a question and answer session.

  • 13:30-14:30
  • Birmingham City University
  • Millennium Point Auditorium

12. What can we do with all that energy going over our heads?

Lubo Jankovic, Professor of Zero Carbon Design, BCU
Despite the common perception that the world energy resources are in decline, this lecture demonstrates the scale of abundant energy resources available to humanity. It introduces what can be done and is being done to utilise this energy in buildings through ground breaking projects carried out by BCU Zero Carbon Lab, and it gives an insight into the opportunities that lie ahead on the carbon emissions reduction journey in the future.

  • 15:00-16:00
  • Birmingham City University
  • Millennium Point Auditorium

13. “Knock knock! Who’s there? The rest of the world.” Migration and population shifts on a climate-changed planet

Helena Farrand-Carrapico, Aston LSS
The World’s governments have agreed that limiting the global temperature rise to 2o is acceptable and achievable, but even this small rise will have major and cataclysmic effects on the way our world will look and function. There will be disasters – natural and man-made – that will render vast swathes of land, even whole countries, inhabitable. Populations will start to move, driven by the need to find water, fertile land, political safety, breathing space. But these moves will themselves cause disasters of poverty, extremism, famine, pestilence, plague and war.

  • 15:00-16:00
  • Aston University
  • Room G11 (Byng Kendrick Lecture Theatre)