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EPSRC Reference: EP/S019111/1
Title: UK FIRES: Locating Resource Efficiency at the heart of Future Industrial Strategy in the UK
Principal Investigator: Allwood, Professor JM
Other Investigators:
Low, Professor HW Horrocks, Professor I Cabrera Serrenho, Dr A
Hawkins, Dr W Lupton, Dr RC Cullen, Professor JM
Ibell, Professor T Lin, Professor J Ward, Dr M
Felin, Professor T Clare, Professor A
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr CJ Cleaver Dr C F Dunant
Project Partners:
Anglo American plc Arup Group Ltd Atkins
High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult Jaguar Land Rover Limited Laing O'Rourke Ltd
Liberty House Group (UK) (replace) Materials Processing Institute (MPI) Primetals Technologies Ltd (UK)
Tata Steel Limited
Department: Engineering
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 01 April 2019 Ends: 30 November 2024 Value (£): 5,176,328
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design Engineering Manufact. Enterprise Ops& Mgmt
Materials Processing Waste Minimisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
31 Oct 2018 Programme Grant Interviews - 31 October 2018 (PS) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Resource Efficiency is essential for reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing. Progress in achieving it has been slow, but a rapidly changing international context, including Brexit, is giving new emphasis to Industrial Strategy in the UK which creates a unique window of opportunity. This transformational Programme aims to locate resource efficiency at the heart of a visionary industrial strategy; it will create new world-leading competitive advantage for UK manufacturing by addressing four fundamental barriers to progress:

- to break out of lock-in to resource inefficiency, novel methods and tools will be developed to enumerate and characterise all today's options to design and manufacture material goods;

- to create clarity about the environmental impact of new manufacturing strategies, a ground-breaking Physical Resources Observatory will be developed to access and interpret more and better global resource data;

- to target manufacturing innovations for Resource Efficiency and accelerate their implementation, the features of an effective Innovation Pipeline will be characterised, tested and deployed with a portfolio of promising emerging manufacturing technologies;

- to give new priority to Resource Efficiency in Industrial Strategy, new metrics and decision-framing will be developed and tested in the Living Lab of the Programme's industrial consortium.

The Programme brings together nine internationally-leading academic groups and a consortium of subscribing industrial partners. The management strategy, designed for flexibility, aims to integrate existing methods from diverse disciplines to address the application of Resource Efficiency while stimulating exploration of new methodological opportunities where existing approaches are inadequate. The value of the investment in the Programme will be maximised through an International Advisory Panel to support connections and awareness, a consortium executive committee to determine priorities for strategic analysis, and a supervisory board to ensure financial and legal compliance. The programme will deliver impact via quarterly strategic analysis reports on resource issues, a programme of policy influence led by an experienced Policy Champion, technological innovations, an annual UK Forum on Resource Efficiency, commercial and open-access software tools, researcher training and multi-channel communications.

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