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The Inventory of Carbon & Energy (ICE) can be used to determine the carbon footprint of building materials like cement

Internal News - 26 September 2008

University hosts conference on carbon footprinting

The University hosted a conference on carbon and environmental footprinting, on Tuesday, as part of the Sustaining Future Ecosystem Services – From Understanding to Action lecture series.

The seminar, Carbon and Environmental Footprinting – Thinking Globally, Acting Locally, attracted over 160 delegates including key industrial, regulatory, public service and academic figures.

It was jointly hosted by the University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy & the Environment (I-SEE) and the School of Management’s Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice (CARPP).

Professor Geoff Hammond, Director of I-SEE said: "The seminar brought together practitioners who have been actively studying both carbon and environmental footprints in a wide range of situations.

“The research includes studies of the local communities of Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire, the supply chain of shoe manufacture, major sporting events such as the Tour de France, and issues related to the ecological deficit between the wealthy northern hemisphere and the poorer but more populous nations of the southern half of our planet.

“The seminar described the fundamentals of carbon footprinting, and featured the University’s Inventory of Carbon and Energy (ICE), a database used to determine the embodied energy and carbon of a large number of building materials.

“ICE has been adopted widely by business, industry and academics in the UK and internationally to calculate environmental footprints.

“The seminar provided an opportunity to take stock of the current thinking in these fields, which are so important to environmental protection and climate change.”

The Sustaining Future Ecosystem Services – From Understanding to Action series of lectures is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).