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Sustainable materials and the circular economy

Sustainable materials and the circular economy

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In this webinar, environmental consultant, author and guest lecturer at CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment, Callum Hill discusses whether circular economies can really provide the answer to sustainable societies.

The recording was made 14 April 2021 at the time of the live webinar.

Circular economies

When choosing materials we must consider the environmental, economic and social consequences of their extraction and use. Circular economy is a popular talking point in sustainable initiatives to combat some of these issues, but does it really provide the answer?

In this webinar, Callum will explore the link between economic growth and resource consumption, asking: can we ever get off the treadmill? Focusing on the use of materials in economies, Callum will consider whether we are running out of resources and the consequences of resource use on the ability of the environment to cope.


Sustainable materials and the circular economy - webinar slides

Meet the Speaker

Callum Hill is an environmental consultant and director of JCH Industrial Ecology Ltd. He has a degree in chemistry and has been published widely in peer-reviewed literature. He has authored two textbooks ‘Wood Modification: Chemical, Thermal and Other Processes’ and ‘An Introduction to Sustainable Resource Use’. He held an Edinburgh Research Partnership Chair in Materials Science at Edinburgh Napier University from 2007 until 2013. Prior to that, he was Senior Lecturer in Renewable Materials at Bangor University in North Wales from 1994 to 2007.

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