Sustainable Futures Seminar: registrations now open
08 Mar 2022
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Greener operations: Sustainable Perioperative Care & Towards Sustainability and Net Zero with Digitalised Surface Manufacturing: The role of the EPSRC DSM NetworkPlus
This Sustainable Futures Seminar will bring together researchers and key external stakeholders to discuss sustainability activity. We invite internal and external delegates to attend this event consisting of two 25-minute presentations, each followed by an interactive Q&A.
- Thursday, 24 March: 2pm to 3:15pm
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Professor Allan Matthews | The DSM NetworkPlus is a £1million investment by the EPSRC to bring together the diverse expertise and capabilities in UK academia to enhance digitalisation in surface manufacturing sector. Their aim to capture and understand the current UK coating research and manufacturing framework and pump-prime digitalisation activity to move the sector forward towards Industry 4.0. In this talk Allan will discuss the role of the EPSRC Digitalised Surface Manufacturing NetworkPlus in working towards Sustainability and Net Zero with Digitalised Surface Manufacturing.
Dr David Jones | Peri-operative practice relates to care during and around the time of a operation. It covers care during the operation itself, as well as care before and after a surgical procedure – including consultations before an operation, and hospital care after an operation.
Climate change has been identified as a health emergency that, according to NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens, “poses the most profound long-term threat to the health of the nation”, yet healthcare itself makes a substantial contribution to global warming and environmental pollution.
Operations are among the most resource-intensive healthcare interventions; each operating theatre creates around two tonnes of waste per year, and a single operation can generate a ‘carbon footprint’ equivalent to driving more than 2,000 miles. The NHS, which is responsible for four per cent of the UK’s national carbon footprint, has committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2040, with an interim 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2032.
To achieve this target, peri-operative practice needs to become more environmentally sustainable, or ‘green’, in the future.