Quaker Meeting House, Glasgow
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This trio of talks will demonstrate that sustainable engineering requires an integrated cross-sectoral approach to be most effective, and also that technology is only part of a wider solution to the environmental problems that we face. Join for an afternoon of lectures exploring what engineering for climate stability truly means.
The event will comprise the following three talks on sustainable engineering with the opportunity for questions and discussion.
Join us either in person in Glasgow or via the online link to hear and benefit from these presentations!
Rupert Blackstone – An overview of sustainable engineering from the perspective of the Energy Environment and Sustainability Group at the IMechE.
Rupert Blackstone, will set the context of the event with reference to approaches to sustainable engineering as supported by EESG. In line with the view that it is not only new technology that we need to solve our climate change problems and other environmental problems, the talk will explore how to approach a balance between technical solutions and changes in priorities and behaviour through engineering practice, in the pursuit of sustainability.
Daniel Kenning/Susan Krumdieck – What is Transition Engineering?
Daniel Kenning and Susan Krumdieck will talk about Transition Engineering, a new engineering discipline designed to enable the identification and implementation of the right changes to engineered systems, to ensure systems continue to do what we need them to do in a changing future operating environment. This means adapting transport, buildings, food and water, manufacturing and other systems to meet needs within the constraints that are imposed on society by our environment.
Michael Reid – The Circular Economy in Agricultural Nutrients
Agriculture is responsible for a large proportion of global GHG emissions and one of the largest parts of that is the production of fertilisers using fossil fuels.
This talk will open the door on a number of technologies that have come to maturity that can create a fully circular economy in nutrients, drawing on the agricultural, food processing and wastewater industries as sources of the nutrients and reducing contamination of air and waterways.
14:00 - Agenda
An overview of sustainable engineering from the
perspective of the Energy Environment and Sustainability Group at the IMechE
Rupert Blackstone, Chair of the Energy
Environment and Sustainability Group (EESG) and Managing Director of
What is Transition Engineering?
Daniel Kenning, Co-Founder and Chair of GATE and
Managing Director of Splendid Engineering Ltd
Prof. Susan Krumdieck, Mechanical
Engineering, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society,
International Center for Islands Technology Orkney Campus
The Circular Economy in Agricultural Nutrients
Michael Reid FIMechE, Vice-Chairman,
Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group
Rupert Blackstone: Managing Director, Wattcraft
Rupert Blackstone is Chair of the Energy Environment and Sustainability Group (EESG) and Managing Director of Wattcraft, a renewable and sustainable energy engineering consultancy. He is a chartered engineer with over 20 years’ experience in renewable energy, covering a range of technologies from feasibility through to design and project implementation. Integral to his work is driving energy demand reduction prior to applying renewable energy.
Daniel Kenning: Co-founder and Chair, GATE
Daniel is Co-Founder and Chair of GATE, the Global Association for Transition Engineering, and Managing Director of Splendid Engineering Ltd. He is a chartered engineer and chartered environmentalist, a consultant and teacher; his background is at Ford Motor Company where he was a new product development engineer on the first Focus, and specialist in design for sustainability. He helps clients to understand their whole system and make adaptations so they can continue to do what they need to do in a changing future.
Susan Krumdieck: Professort, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, International Center for Islands Technology Orkney Campus
Susan Krumdieck is a professor in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, International Center for Islands Technology Orkney Campus. She recently joined HWU as a Chair in Energy Transition Engineering. She has significant international experience, with renewable and hydrogen technology research in the USA, Geothermal power plant development in New Zealand, Energy Policy, and Energy and Transport, Behaviour, and Freight supply chains in New Zealand. She has carried out energy economic anthropogenic dynamics research in remote and indigenous communities including Rotuma, Fiji, Marshall Islands and New Zealand in the South Pacific, Fenfushi Maldives, and Kabakaburi Guyana.
Michael Reid: Vice-Chairman, Energy, Environment and Sustainability group
Michael is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers where he is Vice-Chairman of the Energy, Environment and Sustainability group. His background is in engineering a range of new technologies from energy-efficient refrigerators and scientific instruments to solar cooling systems. Michael has worked for the last two decades as an engineering consultant in sustainable technologies including production equipment for sustainable, zero-carbon fertiliser materials. He has an MBA and extensive experience in many sectors managing new products to market.
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