New knowledge transfer network will stimulate innovation in environmental sustainability

12 Oct 2009

  •  New Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network to be hosted by Oxford University.
  • Network will work with the Technology Strategy Board to help develop and deliver environmental sustainability and resource efficiency strategies and programmes.

The Technology Strategy Board has selected Oxford University to host the newly-established Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).  Part of the recently restructured national family of KTNs, the new Network will work with the Board to develop and deliver strategies and programmes under its Environmental Sustainability Key Application Area, building on the work of the preceding highly successful Environmental and Resource Efficiency KTNs.

The network, which will be sited in the University's Department of Earth Sciences and at the collaborating partner, C-Tech Innovation Ltd. in Chester, will be chaired by Colin Drummond, the Chief Executive of Viridor, who is also currently Chair of UKTI's Environmental Sector Advisory Group.  The Director of the Environmental Sustainability KTN will be Professor Carolyn Roberts, a leading water resource scientist who was the immediate past Chair of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

Welcoming the new network, Colin Drummond said: "Climate change, excessive resource use and environmental degradation are key related threats facing the world but, at the same time, they provide major business opportunities.  The establishment of this network will help to provide a focus for companies, universities and other organisations and individuals keen to push forward innovation and knowledge exchange in the environmental sustainability arena.  We are looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead, and to working with the Technology Strategy Board to help deliver its programmes and strategies in this key area."

Commenting on the appointments of Colin Drummond and Carolyn Roberts, David Way, the Technology Strategy Board's Director of Knowledge Exchange and Special Projects, said: "The network's Chair and Director are exceptionally well-qualified and we are delighted to be able to secure their services.  They will be well supported by a strong management team that brings together business leaders and experts from the resource efficiency, environmental services, waste management and water treatment sectors."

The KTN is currently developing its new website and literature, and has a large amount of activity planned for the near future, including its official launch which is will be held before the end of the year at the Houses of Parliament.  For further information about the Environmental Sustainability KTN, go to www.esktn.org.uk or contact 01865 610 505.

For full press release including notes to editors follow this link - NEW KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER NETWORK WILL STIMULATE INNOVATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

 

 

Last updated on Friday 30 July 2010 at 14:37

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