Royce features in digital series championing key role of materials in driving net zero

London, UK (20 October 2022) – The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) has partnered with CWP to produce a digital series exploring expertise and advances throughout the materials cycle to address the climate crisis, achieve net zero targets and accelerate the circular economy. The Henry Royce Institute is a key contributor to the series, with case study highlights including the research underway at the Royce Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub and Royce at the University of Sheffield.

One Birdcage Walk played host to an evening of celebration in London for the launch of ‘Material Change: Resourcing Net Zero’ on 19 October, and the suite of series content, including interviews, podcasts, short films and a documentary, is now available online.

The series features comment from industry experts including Dr Colin Church FIMMM CEnv, CEO of IOM3, Professor David Knowles CEO of the Henry Royce Institute, Professor Mike Shaver Director of the Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub, Neil Glover FIMMM CEng, President of IOM3, and Rosie Dodd, Manager, Product Footprinting and Circular Economy Lead at the Carbon Trust, as well as stories from organisations and individuals who are driving innovation across exploration and extraction, processing and application, and recycling, repurposing and reuse.

Organisations featured include; the Henry Royce Institute, the Bristol Composites Institute (University of Bristol), British Glass, the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter), CircularMetal, Innovate UK – part of UKRI, bp-ICAM, the National Composites Centre (NCC), Satarla, SRK Consulting, and the University of Bath.

In the series Dr Chloe Loveless, Experimental Officer at the Royce Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub (SMI Hub) demonstrates the research and development techniques used to support companies in the innovative design, reuse and recycling of plastics and Dr Kathy Christofidou, Royce Technology Platform Lead at the University of Sheffield demonstrates the FAST-forge process which uses large amounts of titanium that would otherwise go to waste to create lightweight alloys, greatly reducing titanium waste and carbon emissions.

IOM3 CEO Dr Colin Church, said:

“This is a critical time to harness the potential of the materials, minerals and mining communities, to showcase their transformative work towards a low carbon, resource efficient society. We are delighted to be partnering with CWP to explore the role of our industries in addressing the climate crisis.”

Professor David Knowles, CEO of the Henry Royce Institute added:

“As this important digital series shows, materials science is a cornerstone of our progress towards net-zero in multiple technology areas. The inextricable link to a circular economy is very timely and further demonstrates the importance of advanced materials development which considers  full product  life-cycle from initial raw material extraction, through to manufacture and end-of-life reuse or recycling.” 

Max Smith, Managing Director, CWP, said:

“This series offers unique insight into the work of inspirational professionals who are providing, managing and protecting vital resources for a sustainable future. It has been a pleasure to tell their stories, and we hope this inspires everyone across the materials cycle and beyond to embrace progress towards net zero.”

Find out more: materialchange.iom3.org #materialchange

About IOM3

The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) is the global network for the materials cycle, promoting sustainability and greater circularity in the extraction, processing and use of natural resources.


About CWP

Content With Purpose (CWP) is a strategic content creator that works in partnership with leading member bodies and associations; engaging professionals on their industries’ contribution to solving the climate and ecological crisis.