Our work is focussed on the transition to a future which requires less material production. Our interests span across the commercial reality of material demand reduction in business to the implications of present and future policy options.
One third of the world's energy and process related greenhouse gas emissions are emitted by industry. Most industrial emissions relate to producing materials, and steel and cement are by far the most important contributors. The industries that make materials are energy-intensive, so have always been motivated to be efficient, and the best of them have now reached a fantastic level of performance.
However the world's demand for materials is growing, and if unchecked will double by 2050. By default, industrial emissions will also double unless we do something differently. A five year project involving 20 large industrial partners, has led to six 'material efficiency' options which allow for the same services, such as housing or transport, with significantly less material.