Fresh thoughts on environment and innovation: Plastic, Food, and Guilt-free holidays

 

3rd November: Plastic

24th November: Food

8th December: Holiday Travel

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The Future Focus series highlights the innovative thinking and business practices that will tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

 

Co-hosted by Taylor Vinters and Oxfordshire Greentech, ther Future Focus series highlights the innovative thinking and business practices that will tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Tickets are free but limited, make sure to book yours in time!

SESSION 1 // SAVING THE WORLD FROM PLASTIC WASTE

Wednesday 3 November 2021 at 9.30-11.00AM

 

Once a wonder material, plastic is now seen as a critical threat to the planet. Session 1 discovers two very different yet promising routes to counter this, using behavioural change and a novel catalytic process.

 

Tony McGurk introduces his company Cryptocycle and reveals how the pioneering digital technology that powers their Reward4Waste brand can ensure that end of use shouldn’t mean end of life for plastic. Then Dr Tiancun Xiao of OxCCU talks about how biodegradable plastics can made from CO2 and H2 – technology that would position the UK as a world leader in CO2 utilisation.

SESSION 2 // WHAT WILL OUR FOOD LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE?

Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 9.30-11.00AM

 

We’ve seen the sky-rocketing rise of veganism, more footfall at local farmers markets during COVID when supermarket shelves were empty, and many people in general starting to wake up to the health, environmental and ethical implications of what’s on their plate. We also know our food systems, as they currently stand, are fundamentally unsustainable – both for the planet and for those in food poverty. But what will our food look like in the future?

 

Will we all be eating plants, bugs or lab-grown meat? Will larger producers continue to predominate or will local/community food-growing escalate? Join us for a fascinating conversation about what will be on the end of your fork in years to come…

 

SPEAKERS: Nina Osswald, Good Food Oxford

SESSION 3 // GUILT-FREE HOLIDAYS AND TRAVEL

Wednesday 8 December 2021 at 9.30-11.00AM

 

Can we take holidays and fly abroad without worrying about our impact on the environment, cultures and climate? We could, with the two mitigating approaches discussed in this session.

 

Adam Cornish, co-founder of Global Dream Travel, explains his company’s unique trip experiences built around sustainability, sensitivity and net zero emissions, and t how leisure and business travellers can minimise their individual impact. Then Peter Edwards, Chief Scientist and co-founder of Oxford spin-out OxCCU, describes how his company’s disruptive technology converts CO2 to sustainable aviation fuel, allowing the aviation industry to decarbonise cost-effectively