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Conference to promote sustainable product design

A two-day conference planned for London in December will bring attendees up to speed on life cycle assessment and sustainable design, its organiser has claimed. Speakers will include experts from Bayer, Rolls Royce and Philips.

"LCA Sustainable Product Design Europe 2010 will examine strategies from the pioneers in the field, which can be taken away to cost-effectively incorporate life cycle thinking and sustainability into product design," said event director Jane Thomas.

She said that the list of speakers due to share their practical experience included Dr David Harrison from polymer and high performance plastics producer Bayer Material Science, speaking on the increasingly important issue of green chemistry and how designers can help reduce high risk materials in products.

Following this, Stafford Lloyd from Rolls Royce would be demonstrating how to design industrial goods to reduce end of life impact by examining the issues of material reclamation, separation and designing for recycle in multi composite streams, she added.

Other experts in sustainable product design due to speak at the conference come from Philips, Timberland, Intel Corp, Alliance Boots, Sony Ericsson, Cadbury-Schweppes, Unilever, Nokia and Volkswagen, she said.

As well as two days of presentations and an accompanying exhibition, specific breakout sessions have been promised for the electronics, consumer goods and industrial sectors.

Attending the complete event costs £999, but the organisers have also offered a "buy one, get one half-price" deal.

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