To give its full title, the third series of Webinars@SocEnv focused on "Innovations - The Good, the Bad and the… Game Changing?" With five Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) speakers, we looked into the emerging technologies and the innovations that have made a real difference to the environment.
In this series we had two webinars consisting of two CEnv speakers offering a 20 minute talk each, and one webinar featuring a 40 minute talk. While our CEnv speakers are specialists in their field, they provided the perspectives from different sectors, which made for an interesting debate. Make sure to view the webinar recordings below.
Electric Vehicles: Panacea or Dead End?
Brian will highlight some recent innovations in electric vehicles (focusing particularly on cars, vans, trucks and buses) and outline the main challenges facing this rapidly growing and much talked-about sector. He will describe their life-cycle environmental impacts and how differing assumptions about supply chains lead to wide variations, compromising our ability to inform national and international policy-making and regulation with robust evidence.
Brian will conclude with his own thoughts on how the sector is likely to further develop, what technological alternatives may emerge and the extent to which the mass uptake of EVs over the next decade or two may not deliver all the environmental benefits many hope for.
By Brian Robinson CEnv - Director @ BJR Solutions Ltd and Commercial Vehicle Emissions Consultant @ The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
The Air Quality Strategy - A Port of London Authority Case Study
In reducing emissions to air from a complex fleet of vessels in the port there is a range of innovation and more ‘normal’ road solutions, the PLA has had to apply a number of approaches to drive innovation in a small market, affect changes in the international field and avoid impacting trade, tourism or the Thames environment. With significant targets of the ports strategy to reach in short time, these first few years are the most challenging to effect change.
By Tanya Ferry CEnv - Environment Manager @ The Port of London Authority
Can Innovative Technology Solve Climate Chaos?
Professor Carolyn Roberts CEnv explores the role of new technologies in addressing the wicked problems of climate change and related environmental pressures. A lot of media hype surrounds the opportunities afforded by renewable energy, geoengineering, carbon capture, electric cars, novel materials, and new communications technologies, but can these technologies make a meaningful difference, or must our future ‘smart cities’ incorporate major constraints on our lifestyles?
The talk also outlines the role played by Innovate UK in funding innovation in systems and technologies.
By Professor Carolyn Roberts CEnv - Water and Environment Consultant; Entrepreneur-in-Residence @ Keele University
Using Sport Mega-Events as Agents of Change to Drive Sustainability and Innovation
David draws from his experience as Head of Sustainability at the London 2012 Olympic Games and other such mega-events to give an insight into how these events can drive sustainability and innovation in the wider world.
By David Stubbs CEnv - Director @ Sustainability Experts Ltd
Role of Social Innovation in Achieving Sustainable Development
To introduce the concept of social innovation with various local and regional case studies, and to discuss the relations between social innovation and environmental management.
By Dr Karen Lee CEnv - Expert in policy research in sustainable development and environmental management; and environmental impact assessment