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Environmental sustainability for aerospace suppliers

The five things you should do now, and where to get help to do them

This event will take place at the

Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, Coventry

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This is event is now closed for bookings, however, if you would like to attend please email Jay.locking@midlandsaerospace.org.uk

As part of the Aerospace Unlocking Potential programme, the MAA and the University of Nottingham are organising a collaborative event on environmental sustainability targeted at helping smaller aerospace suppliers.

Working closely with experts from leading Midlands aerospace companies Collins, Meggitt, Moog and Rolls-Royce, we’ll show how Midlands SMEs can develop their own policies and approaches as they work towards Net Zero 2050.

Along with members of the Aerospace Unlocking Potential team our speakers will share what is considered to be the top five priorities for aerospace suppliers in a day consisting of presentations, workshops and practice sharing opportunities, along with practical guidance to:

  • Form a structured approach to address environmental sustainability
  • Demystify ‘carbon jargon’ and help you become carbon literate
  • Benchmark energy usage (Scope 1,2 & 3) and reduce associated costs
  • Signpost useful resources and existing expert support
  • Facilitate good practice sharing, help you understand what your peers are doing, develop mutually supportive networks

Speakers and Outline Agenda:

08:15  Registration & Networking

09:00  Open event: Dr Andrew Mair, CEO MAA & Tim Holmes, MAA

Morning session

  • Net Zero 2050: COP 27 and beyond - Dr Hitendra Hirani, Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre, University of Nottingham
  • Customer Voice: Parker Meggitt's Sustainable Strategy - Speaker TBC
  • The Big Picture: Jet /Net Zero, Scope 1, 2 & 3 & MAA approach - Chris Weir, Technology Manager, MAA
  • Five things for SMEs to focus on - Dr Dawn Pope, EHS Advisor (Sustainability), Collins Aerospace

Breakout Session One: First of three interactive workshop with the Aerospace UP team and Inspired Energy UK

  • Group 1: Making a commitment, engaging workforce in your road map to 2050
  • Group 2: Integrating a Structured Approach to Environmental Sustainability
  • Group 3: Mapping current state, Calculating Carbon Emission Baselines

10:50 Break – Networking, refreshments, case study tables and chance to enrol on to Aerospace UP

  • Why SMEs are Important - Dr Fred Patterson, Associate Professor, Sustainable Business & Clean Growth, Low Carbon Business Network Lead, University of Derby
  • SME Voice: No Wrong First Step - Sam Handley, Executive Director, SPE – Make UK SME of the year 2020 & 2022
  • Support and resources on offer - networks, local expertise - Marcelle Batson-Warner, Technology Transfer Engineer, Warwick Manufacturing Group - University of Warwick

Breakout Session Two: 1. Commitment 2. Approach 3. Baseline

12:50 Lunch, case study tables, case study SMEs & networking

Afternoon session 

  • Reducing emissions - An SME Case Study - Chris Brown, Managing Director, CBE+
  • Expert support & small grant packages - Liz Griffiths, Technology Manager, MAA
  • Digitisation Support - Hana Robertson, Technology Manager, MAA

Breakout Session Three: 1. Commitment 2. Approach 3. Baseline

15:10 Break - case study tables and chance to enrol on to Aerospace UP

  • Feedback from breakout sessions: Practice Sharing - MAA facilitators
  • Customer Voice - Why Working together is Essential - Benn Godfrey, Vice President - Raw material & Forming at Rolls-Royce

16:20 Closing thoughts - Dr Andrew Mair, CEO MAA

Throughout the day there’ll be plenty of opportunity to learn about how Aerospace Up can support your Environmental Sustainability journey, complimentary support packages, and chance to enrol and scope a project.

Booking your place

Priority bookings will be given to Midlands SMEs that are not already enrolled on the Aerospace UP programme. All other companies should also sign up now, and we will confirm your places  – we do expect to accommodate other companies -- a month before the event.

This activity is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. This activity is classed as State Aid under De Minimis to participating businesses but is delivered completely free of charge. If you have any questions about these events or the Aerospace UP programme, please contact AerospaceUP@nottingham.ac.uk.

The small print: are you eligible for Aerospace UP funding and expert support?

Why not see now if your organisation is eligible for funding and expert support from the University of Nottingham and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance under the Aerospace UP programme?

Click here to fill in the simple on-line eligibility check & enrolment form. In a nutshell, the criteria are:

  1. SME (business with fewer than 250 employees, turnover less than €50m)
  2. business address in Midlands.

For any questions about the form and eligibility contact Sarah Walker, ERDF Project Manager, Institute for Aerospace Technology, University of Nottingham - s.walker@nottingham.ac.uk.