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Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050

Moderated Panel Discussions

These panel events, co-organized by the MRS Energy & Sustainability journal and the MRS Focus on Sustainability Subcommittee, convened top experts to discuss scientific, technological and sociological complexities relating to energy, the environment and sustainability.

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050—Incentivizing a Zero-Waste Future

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona

Discussion Highlights

  • Supply-chain drivers and challenges for zero waste
  • Material and product design for recyclability, repair and reuse
  • Economic and social factors in achieving zero waste
  • The role of zero waste in enabling energy sustainability by 2050.

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050—Practical Solutions to Tackle Climate Change

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | Boston, Massachusetts

Discussion Highlights

  • Materials for carbon capture and storage
  • Nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing approaches
  • Broader socioeconomic aspects

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050—100% Replacement of Fossil Fuels by Sustainable Alternatives

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | Phoenix, Arizona

Discussion Highlights

  • Will economic incentives alone drive deployment of solar and wind electricity, or are policy incentives required? What policies and level of investment are needed to bring exploration of laboratory concepts for fossil fuel replacement to technological demonstration?
  • What materials development is still necessary to better enable renewable technologies?
  • Given the timescale for 100% replacement of fossil fuels, what education and training of next generation scientists and engineers is needed?

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Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050—The Role of the Circular Materials Economy

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | Boston, Massachusetts

Discussion Highlights

  • How can we meet the growing demand for materials in a sustainable way, with fewer raw materials, less energy and reduced environmental impact, all while maintaining economic growth?
  • Can a circular economy be implemented in a practical, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way?
  • What opportunities does a shift to circular materials loops bring to materials research?

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