Achieving Net Zero and Efficiency in Foundation Materials Industries

This session will explore the innovations in material engineering that lead to more efficient production processes, sustainable use of resources, and the optimisation of material lifecycles. The discussion will cover how new strategies and advanced materials processes are reshaping industries such as steel, ceramics, construction, manufacturing, and energy, with the crossover between advanced and traditional materials of particular focus, addressing where they can learn from each other in order and collaborate on the journey to Net Zero.

Questions for discussion:

  • How are recent advancements in materials engineering contributing to increased energy efficiency across foundation industries? 
  • What role do materials play in promoting sustainable practices within these industries? 
  • In what ways are innovations optimising the material life cycle for greater sustainability?

Confirmed talks:

Transforming Foundation Industries​

  • Dr. Ben Walsh, Challenge Director, Innovate UK Transforming Foundation Industries

Material Prioritisation Strategy for the UK Automotive Sector​

  • Prof. Alan Banks, Lightweight Materials Manager, Ford 

Metals as a Foundation Industry: an Aluminium Perspective  ​

  • Dr. Mark Jones, Head of Business Development, BCAST (Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology)

 Industries Sustainability Consortium

  • Dr. Lorraine Ferris, Research Fellow, Foundation Industries Sustainability Consortium

PETRONAS ADVANCED MATERIALS: Advancing tomorrow’s material, today for a more sustainable future​

  • Alan YL Leong, Principal Scientist (Materials), Group Technology and Commercialisation, Petronas