IPCC warning: industry cannot be isolated or insulated from climate change

The Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has informed industry that it “cannot be insulated or isolated from the impacts of climate change”.At the industry day event organised by Heriot-Watt University (on Tuesday 26 February), he said,

“Industry and business around the world, across every sector, cannot expect to be insulated or isolated from climate change. It will impact economic growth, the availability of skilled labour, workers’ health, and the global flow of goods and raw materials. Companies which depend on climate sensitive supply of raw materials such as agricultural and dairy products may need to consider action to secure their supply chains. Large companies in particular should consider taking action now to secure their supply chains.

Dr Pachauri addressing Heriot-Watt University for the Sustainable Development Event

Dr Pachauri addressing Heriot-Watt University for the Sustainable Development Event

“I’d say, based on the findings of the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC and our Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, that business has huge opportunities in tapping into the growing market for products and services that help reduce greenhouse gases and enable countries and communities to adapt to changes in the climate. They should not be left behind.”

He also hailed purse power. He said,

“Companies should consider possible reputational implications if they do not provide what society expects of them. Consumers could increasingly demand and place a higher premium on goods with a low carbon impact.”

Referring to Scotland’s targets of reducing climate emissions by 80 per cent (on 1990 levels) by 2050 he said,

“I’m very impressed by Scotland’s ambitious drive to reduce carbon emissions – this can be an example to the world.”

 Dr Pachauri Heriot-Watt University Visit to High Speed Rail testing Rig
Dr Pachauri Heriot-Watt University Visit to High Speed Rail testing Rig

Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, said,

“Along with other Scottish universities, our focus is on working with industry to develop solutions to global challenges through cutting-edge research – whether that’s in sectors such as high speed rail or carbon capture and storage. As part of this, we continue to develop commercially viable solutions through expanding our research intensification.”

Dr Pachauri also opened new labs at Heriot-Watt University where researchers are developing inexpensive, environmentally-friendly solar cell technology, which has a low upfront capital investment requirement and is therefore suitable for countries in the developing world. The team is being led by Professor Hari Upadhyaya who leads on energy engineering at the University’s School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Energy Conversion Lab using environmentally-friendly solar cell technology

Energy Conversion Lab using environmentally-friendly solar cell technology

Dr Pachauri made the comments as he addressed around 400 academics and industry leaders at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, on the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents to industry.

Industry Day Speaker – Barry Colford

Barry Colford, Chief Engineer and Bridgemaster for Forth Estuary Transport Authority, will speak on ‘The maintenance of long span bridges’ at Industry Day 2013.

Barry Colford

Barry Colford


Barry Colford is a Chartered Civil Engineer by profession and has been a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers since 1982. After graduation, he worked for the Babtie (now Jacobs) Group in Glasgow in the design office and then on sites both in the UK and overseas on a variety of industrial and bridges projects.

He worked on site in Saudi Arabia before returning to the UK and worked in London on site on the major bridges forming part of the M11 motorway extension. Returning to the design office with Strathclyde Regional Council he was involved in the design on bridges on the M80, M74 and M77 motorways in Glasgow as well as the maintenance of large steel bridges (Erskine, Connel and the M8 White Cart Viaduct).

Mr Colford joined the Forth Road Bridge Joint Board (now Forth Estuary Transport Authority) as Depute General Manager in 1996 with responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the Forth Road Bridge. In February 2008, Barry was promoted to the post of Chief Engineer and Bridgemaster.

Barry is the author of a number of technical papers on bridge engineering and is a European Committee member of the International Cable Supported Bridge Operators Association. He also represents the Long Span Bridges Group on the UK Bridges Board and Bridge Owners Forum. He is involved with Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Napier University in their M Eng and MSc courses. Also works with Strathclyde, Glasgow and Heriot Watt Universities in providing industrial experience to undergraduates. He is particularly keen on finding ways of bringing engineering to schools through talks and visits.


Mr Colford will speak during Parallel Session 4 – ‘Networks & Infrastructure’.

Industry Day Speaker – Professor Phil Banfill

Professor Phil Banfill, Professor of Construction Materials at the School of the Built Environment at Heriot Watt University, will discuss ‘Homes fit for Zero: Dwellings in a zero carbon climate change future’ at Industry Day 2013. 

Prof. Phil Banfill


Phil Banfill is a materials scientist, with over 30 years experience of research and education in a university environment. He was appointed Professor of Construction Materials at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, in 1995 and has published two books and over 160 papers. Most of his research is concerned with materials and energy utilisation in buildings. He currently leads the Urban Energy Research Group which has interests in:-

  • Climate change, sustainability, CO2 reduction, life cycle assessment
  • Existing building stock – refurbishment, modelling, assessment
  • Historic, traditionally constructed, and “hard to treat” buildings
  • Low and zero carbon technologies, and system integration
  • Energy consumption and performance monitoring
  • Human factors – users, policymakers, investors, fuel poverty.

Prof. Banfill will speak during Parallel Session 3: ‘Energy Consumption & Usage in Homes of the Future’. 

Industry Day Speaker – Professor Hari Upadhyaya

Professor Hari Upadhyaya of the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences at Heriot Watt University, will speak on ‘Building Integrated Photovoltaics: New Trends & Challenges’ at Industry Day 2013.

Hari Upadhyaya

Hari Upadhyaya

Prof. Upadhyaya is the Deputy Director of Institute of Manufacturing Process and Energy Engineering within the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot Watt University, where he leads Energy Engineering activities. Prof. Upadhyaya was leading the Thin Film and Excitonic PV group at Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), at Loughborough University, UK before joining at Heriot Watt. With his past experience in thin film PV for over 20 years, he had established the low cost (non-vacuum) and conventional (vacuum based) thin-film materials and photovoltaic device processing research and characterisation facilities at new PV laboratory facilities at Heriot Watt. His research involves activities on Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCOs), Dye Solar Cell (DSC), hybrid solar cells, CdTe and CIGS thin film solar cell technologies. His research interests also include the electrochemical storage technologies,  rechargeable batteries and super-capacitors, where he was involved in pursuing research projects on Na- rechargeable batteries and ion/electron  conducting polymer based super-capacitors in India.

Prof. Upadhyaya came to UK from India through Royal Society Fellowship to work at Imperial College, where he established himself quickly as an expert in Dye-sensitised Solar Cells on flexible substrates. In collaboration with Prof. Michael Gratzel, the inventor of the DSC technology (EPFL, Switzerland) and Prof. Ayodhya Tiwari (EMPA, Switzerland) he had established over ~15% efficient record Dye/CIGS Tandem Solar Cells, which is highest for thin film based tandem solar cells. He is involved in managing several Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) such as Excitonic Supergen consortium involving top Universities in UK, and recent EPSRC-DST funded project between India and UK worth £5 Million as coordinator from UK. Prof. Upadhyaya has established strong links with industries in the UK and abroad.

Professor Upadhyaya will speak during Parallel Session 3 – ‘Energy Consumption & Usage in the Homes of the Future’. 

Industry Day Speaker – Jeremy Leggett

Jeremy Leggett, Executive Chairman of Solarcentury, will discuss ‘Latest dispatches from the front lines of the solar revolution’ at Industry Day 2013.

Jeremy Leggett

Jeremy Leggett


Social entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett, author of The Carbon War and Half Gone, is founder and chairman of Solarcentury, one the UK’s fastest growing renewable energy companies, and founder and Chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with some of Solarcentury’s profits, whose for-profit social venture SunnyMoney is Africa’s top-selling retailer of solar lanterns.  Described by the Observer as “Britain’s most respected green energy boss,” he was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards. He writes and blogs on occasion for the Guardian and the Financial Times, lectures on short courses in business and society at the universities of Cambridge and St Gallen, and is an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.

Mr Leggett will speak during Parallel Session 3 – ‘Energy Consumption & Usage in the Homes of the Future’.

Industry Day Speaker – Andy Ford

Andy Ford, Technical Director for Buildings & Infrastructure at Mott McDonald Fulcrum will discuss ‘Future Cities – Existing Buildings: Addressing the Conundrum’ at Industry Day 2013.

Andy Ford

Andy Ford

Andy Ford, Technical Director for Mott MacDonald, has worked extensively on innovative buildings throughout his career and contributed to many award winning designs, his speciality lies within creative and sustainable low energy design solutions.

He is the Immediate Past President of CIBSE, Chair of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) policy committee and is currently a member of the National Platform for Construction focusing on the direction of research and innovation in the industry. Andy’s work has taken a more specific focus in recent years into how the industry can respond to the challenge of climate change through thermal storage on a city scale.

Andy is responsible for the design of a number of ground breaking buildings with early work on low energy buildings at the University of East Anglia campus; including the Elizabeth Fry Building, notably still one of the lowest energy non-domestic buildings in the UK nearly 20 years since it opened.

His work in the field has been recognised when he was awarded the IMechE Construction Division Prize in 2009, for “significant contribution made in the execution, promotion and advancement of mechanical engineering applied in the building services and construction field”. In 2012 he received an honorary PhD from Heriot Watt University for his contribution to sustainable design.

Andy Ford will speak during Parallel Session 3 – ‘Energy Conservation & Usage in the Homes of the Future’.

Industry Day Speaker – Professor John McCarter

Professor John McCarter, School of the Built Environment, Heriot Watt University, will speak on ‘A performance based strategy for ensuring sustainable concrete infrastructure’ at Industry Day 2013.

Prof. John McCarter

Prof. John McCarter

Professor McCarter’s research has focused  in the main, on cementitious materials, particularly in the development of monitoring and characterisation techniques of this group of materials at both the micro- and macro- scale. His research activity also embraces the study of low-energy and low-carbon cementitious systems such as alkali-activated materials and geopolymers. Multi-functional and nano-engineered cementitious composites also represent a new direction in his research. He is a member of the international RILEM Technical Committee: Performance-based Specifications and Control of Concrete Durability. 

Professor McCarter will be speaking during Parallel Session 2 – ‘Materials & Design Technology’.


Industry Day Speaker – Jonas Runberger

Jonas Runberger, Director of Dsearch: Digital Design Development at White arkitekter AB, will discuss ‘Digital Design in Architectural Practice – Learning from Experimental Approaches.’

Jonas Runberger

Jonas Runberger

Jonas Runberger is an architect active in practice, research and education, currently based in Stockholm. He is director of Dsearch – a digital development environment at White Arkitekter AB, affiliate partner in Urban Future Organization and founding partner of the research collaborative Krets. His main interests involve the relation between design techniques, architectural production and experiential effect, with an emphasis on the impact of digital technology on both experimental and conventional practice. He concluded his PhD in Architecture and Project Communication at the KTH School of Architecture and the Built Environment in 2012, and is co-founder and lecturer of Studio 11 at the KTH School of Architecture.

Mr Runberger will be speaking during Parallel Session 2 – ‘Materials & Design Technology’.

Industry Day Speaker – Jim Conlin

Jim Conlin, Acting General Manager for Asset Strategy at Scottish Water, will discuss ‘Shaping the Future of Water and Waste Water Services’ at the Industry Day 2013.

Jim Conlin 2

Jim Conlin is a Chartered Civil Engineer and gained his BEng in Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in 1988. Since graduating he has worked in the Water Industry and he has considerable experience and understanding of the environmental challenges facing the UK Water Industry. He has worked on developing and implementing the capital investment programmes for waste water networks and treatment facilities required to meet these environmental challenges. He has also played a key part in the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Drainage systems (SUDs) in Scotland and the UK.

Mr Conlin will speaking during Parallel Session 1 – ‘Meeting the Hyrdo-Nation Challenge.’

In his current role as Acting General Manager for Long Term Strategy at Scottish Water,  he is tasked with developing and implementing strategies for water and waste water systems looking 25 years into the future.

Industry Day Speaker – John Morgan

John Morgan, Technical Director of Water Solutions at Barr + Wray Ltd, will discuss ‘Treatment of Scottish Water for Private Communities’ at the Industry Day 2013.


John Morgan is a qualified Environmental Engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in design and application of water and wastewater treatment.

Following graduation as a biochemist, he was employed as a Research Associate at the Universities of Birmingham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he studied the application of anaerobic treatment of industrial wastewater.

John has worked for various specialised contractors including Yorkshire Water PLC, Biosystems International, The Brackett Group, Biothane NV, Biotim BV and Esmil Ltd. and joined Barr + Wray Ltd in 1998.

His post at Barr + Wray includes design, installation and operation of water treatment systems for a wide range of applications.He has gained considerable experience in all aspects of treatment design and successfully installed more than 100 systems throughout Scotland (and England). The combination of practical experience and in-depth process knowledge makes John an ideal candidate to contribute to the Hydro Nation debate.

Mr Morgan will be speaking during Parallel Session 1 – ‘Meeting the Hydro-Nation Challenge’.

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