Our work is driven by the same principles of sustainability and reduction in emissions which drive environmental policy. As world leaders in research into the sustainable use of materials we provide evidence to inform and support the development of strategies for national and international policy developement.

Our reputation has enabled us to develop a strong network at national and international level. We are in regular contact with five key departments of the UK government, exploring the policy context of material demand. Professor Allwood was a lead author of the 5th Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is a member of the UK’s Energy Research Partnership and was the UK’s delegate on innovation at the launch of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency. We contribute to ongoing dialogue on industrial development in a lower carbon future.

We facilitate discussions between policy and industry stakeholders about a more sustainable industrial future. For example, we 

  • have worked with DEFRA on their circular economy roadmap
  • are active in the development of DECC’s industrial roadmap for a low carbon future
  • are running a professional network on material efficiency in construction, aiming to deliver to the Green Construction Board recommendations about the strategies by which the government’s 2025 construction strategy can be implemented in practice