Supporting UK Composites

Designing for the Environment with Composites

Join us for our Sustainability Sub-Group's next event on 20th March at the National Composites Centre.

We are increasingly discovering the complexity of the impact the human race is having on our environment. Composites have the potential to reduce negative impact, especially where light weight and durable material solutions are needed. However, they can have high embodied energy and be challenging to recycle.

As an industry we are committed to developing our understanding of how we impact the environment and designing materials and products which will be more sustainable, protecting our world for future generations.

This is an open event of the Composites UK Sustainability Subgroup. It will give an overview of how we are progressing knowledge in different sectors, seeking to give practical advice for designers and manufacturers. It will present some case studies for composite products and showcase tools for analysing the impact at design stage. We will take time to discuss what we need to do to progress in terms of education, training, standards, legislation.

Who should attend?

The event will be suitable for composite designers, manufacturers, materials suppliers and researchers, OEMs using composites.


09:30 Registration

10.00 Welcome and Chairman's introduction
Steven Brown, Scott Bader & Chair, CUK Sustainability Subgroup

10.15 International activity and progress in LCA capability development
Stella Job / Jon Steel - Composites UK / NCC

10.30 Product-based environmental metrics for use within aerospace, defence, space & security industry
Abdul Miah, Rolls-Royce

10.55 Sector overview - Construction
James Henderson, Atkins & Chair, CUK Construction Subgroup

11.15 Refreshment break         
11.40 Development of “EcoCalculator” tool and LCA methodology for the Composites Industry
Jaap van der Woude, EuCIA

12.05 Applying ISO 14044 LCA to nanocomposites
Graham Sims, National Physical Laboratory

12.25 Overview of sustainability metrics and future developments
Andrew Norton, Renuables

12.45 Designing for a circular economy
Stella Job, Composites UK    

13.00 Lunch            
14.00 CES Selector (by Webex)
Charlie Bream, Granta Design

14.20 GaBi Envision
Peter Schonfield, Thinkstep

14.40 LCA comparison of composites and metallics in Aerospace applications
Andy Clifton, Rolls-Royce

14.55 LCA - Applications in the marine industry
Michel Marie, Land Rover BAR

15.10 Environmental impacts of carbon fibre composite recycling and fibre reuse in automotive applications
Jon McKechnie, University of Nottingham
15.25 Refreshment break      

15.50 Plenary Discussion
What do we need to progress? Where are the gaps and how can we fill them?            

16.45 Wrap up   
16.55 Finish


Click here for the event sponsorship brochure (prices on page two under 'Sub Group Events'). There are no table-top exhibition spaces available at this event.


Composites UK Sustainability Sub-Group Members: First delegate free - email to secure your place.
Check if your company is a member of the sub-group here.

Composites UK Member: £75.00 + VAT
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Non-members: £145 + VAT

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