Wednesday 8th November 2017 – PLATE 2017 Conference
The success of PLATE 2015 led to the establishment of an international consortium, chaired by a CIE-MAP Co-Director, committed to hosting biennial PLATE conferences. The 2nd Conference on Product Lifetimes and the Environment, PLATE 2017, took place in Delft, from 8-10 November, 2017.

Thursday 11th May 2017 -Green Alliance Stakeholder Workshop
On 11th May 2017 Cardiff hosted a stakeholder engagement event exploring public perceptions of the circular economy that was attended by 30 high level guests, including researchers, policy makers, government officials, and heads of industry. Social scientists from Cardiff University conducted an extensive set of public workshops to learn how people respond when presented with ideas like sharing their hedge trimmer with their neighbour, buying their washing machine and clean clothes as a service, or taking their detergent bottles back for a refill. Aiming to interest businesses, policymakers and researchers working on the circular economy, the workshop was a unique opportunity to hear about the initial findings of Cardiff’s research from Professor Nick Pidgeon and to shape their on-going analysis.

Wednesday 14th September 2016 -ISOBIO and ASBP event

ASBPlogoJannik Giesekam spoke at a joint ASBP and ISOBIO event in Bath on the 14th September. The event consisted of two parts. The first half focused on LCA considerations in the production of bio-based insulation. The second half considered embodied carbon and strategies for reduction in the construction industry. See the ASBP website for more information.

Thursday 12th May 2016 – Royal Society of Artsimage.php

On Thursday 12th May CIE-MAP hosted a Stakeholder Workshop at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

This event was attended by a broad range of guests, including researchers, policy makers, government officials, and heads of industry.

The event was comprised of a series of presentations and panel discussions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Industrial Energy and Resource Consumption
  • Material Efficiency Strategies and New Business Opportunities
  • The role of the Construction Sector in delivering Material Efficiency
  • The role of the public in achieving Material Efficiency Strategies

View the presentations here:

John Barrett – Introduction to CIE-MAP

Geoff Hammond – Industrial Decarbonisation Opportunities

Kate Scott – The Contribution of Resource Consumption to the 5th Carbon Budget

Tim Cooper – How can material efficiency strategies be adopted by industry and create new business opportunities

Jannik Giesekam – What is the role of the construction sector and the National Infrastructure Plan in delivering material efficiency

Nick Pidgeon – Opportunities and Barriers to Achieving Transitions in UK Energy and Materials Use The Role of Publics, Society and Decision-Makers

You can also visit EUED’s storify site here for a full run through of the day.

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at 7pm

(University of Leeds Conference Auditorium)


Priestley International Centre for Climate Public Debate

Unpacking the Paris Agreement:

Is it enough to limit dangerous climate change?

Speakers: Piers Forster, Professor of Physical Climate Change

Andy Gouldson, Professor of Environmental Policy and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor

John Barrett, Professor of Energy and Climate Policy

Harriet Thew, Postgraduate Researcher and Teaching Assistant

Due to the expected interest in the talk we are asking everyone to register their attendance. This can be done via Eventbrite:

September 2015

Workshop at Royal Academy of Engineering: What next for embodied emissions policy in the construction sector?

Workshop Agenda

June 2015

Conference on Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) 2015

Naomi Braithwaite, Tim Cooper, Alex Rodrigues, John Rogers and Kyungeun Sung presented at the first PLATE (Product Lifetimes and the Environment) conference.

From the 17 -19 June NTU hosted the inaugural PLATE conference.  Over 3 days 66 papers and 6 workshops, drawn from an international and multi-disciplinary perspective, debated the conference’s main themes which included strategies for product lifetime optimisation and consumer influences on product lifetimes. 110 delegates from 16 countries attended PLATE. The PLATE exhibition ran alongside the conference, showcasing work from delegates, NTU staff and students, as well as designers, artists and social businesses. Here the topic of product longevity was explored in innovative ways through prototypes, objects, photographs, film and other mediums.


The conference included the presentation of ongoing CIE-MAP research from a number of centre members. Naomi Braithwaite’s paper, co-authored with Mariale Moreno and Danielle Densley-Tingley, explored the feasibility of durability labelling for washing machines and considered how  this may impact industry and consumer behaviour.  Drawing from initial findings from interviews with industry professionals Alex Rodrigues discussed barriers and opportunities for designing cars with longer lifespans.  Cars were also the focus of John Rogers and Alex’s paper that explored product leasing as a strategy for elongating product life. The reasons why vehicles are scrapped and the implications for this on longevity were further debated during John’s workshop. Kyungeun Sung presented her work that is exploring the links between individual upcycling, product attachment and product longevity.

CIE-MAP’s research programme set the context for Tim Cooper’s workshop: ‘Policies for Longevity’. A panel of policy and academic experts debated with delegates the role that policy could have in overcoming barriers towards product lifetimes.

PLATE 2015 Proceedings