San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
UCL ISR Semianr
Innovation, resource efficiency and the UK water industry: a hopeless case?
Professor Carolyn Roberts, Knowledge Transfer Network
Twenty-five years ago, the UK’s water sector expertise was widely regarded as world class, and even now its research capability is highly regarded internationally. But the water industry today is frequently described as hopelessly conservative, uninterested in researching technological innovations likely to reduce its consumption of energy and chemicals, and careless of its customers’ consumption of potable water. Allegedly, whilst yielding reliable returns to investors, its ‘know-how’ fails to compete internationally, its activity damages the natural environment, and the implications of climate-related carbon targets are ignored.
If this is a fair analysis of the situation of recent years, are any changes in prospect? Drawing on a evidence from a large number of interviews with industry leaders in water businesses, contractors, consultants, regulators, academics, government agencies, professional bodies, water charities, and others, the seminar will consider the extent to which the structure of the sector supports or militates against innovation. It will flag up some game-changing technologies and ideas that could promote radical shifts in resource efficiency, and evaluate the future potential for change.
Professor Carolyn Roberts is an environmental and sustainability Specialist in the UK’s national Knowledge Transfer Network. The KTN links businesses with the research community to assist in generating research and development for new environmental technologies, including water-related technologies. Prior to this role, she directed the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network based at the University of Oxford, having moved to Oxford from a post as Head of the School of Environment at the University of Gloucestershire. A UCL alumnus, Carolyn started her professional life as a fluvial geomorphologist and hydrologist, specializing in human impact on the hydrological cycle. From time to time she undertakes environmental consultancy advising developers and local authorities on water-related challenges, and the police on the movement of dead bodies through rivers and canals. She is also the first Frank Jackson Professor of Environment at Gresham College, a Tudor foundation in London, where she gives public lectures.
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UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources was established as an academic department in 2011. It is a cross-disciplinary institute set up to carry out research, teaching and enterprise work in the research theme of sustainable use of resources and the environment and to bring together capabilities from across UCL. In 2012 we were re-located within the Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, and have developed a close relationship with UCL-Energy, with which we undertake joint projects, and share research tools and approaches.