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Sustainable Investment Assurance Model: SIAM

This project will build on pre-existing work of the Sustainable Investment Assurance Model (SIAM), originally funded by SUSTAIN in 2020 to develop a case study for the steel industry. The framework for this evaluation of interdisciplinary sustainability for products and projects is driven by interaction from Foundation Industries. Research will build on the steel case study and explore interactions with non-ferrous metals, glass, cement and bulk chemicals to form a modified framework. 

By engaging more Foundation Industries with SAIM early on, the sectors can benefit from support from DEFRA, BEIS and BSI, and will gain a head start in shaping the metrics and ethos of SIAMS framework for quantifying sustainability, as well as ensuring the best chance large industries are understood and catered for within the final implemented models. 

This project will work with CR Plus, a core member of the South Wales Industrial Cluster and Black Country Industrial Cluster. They will take the role of advertising SIAM to the clusters, organising seminars for interaction between SIAM and industries and discussing the value and strategic need for organisations and industries to interact.

Dr Stephen Spooner

Swansea University

Stephen is a Senior Research Officer at Swansea University, working within the National Circular Materials Research Centre – a centre designed to bring a collaborative approach to large scale deliverable solutions to disrupt the take-make-waste society of today. Previously Stephen worked in the areas of liquid metal processing and sustainable manufacturing at the University of Warwick, ranging from projects investigating the fundamentals of interfacial phenomena between liquid steel and slag, to the macroscopic material flows of steel through life cycle as an enabler for decarbonisation within the UK.

Stephen now works on projects quantifying objective sustainability and the valorisation of materials within circular material solutions. This includes the SUSTAIN ECR and TFI Network+ funded project “SIAM: Sustainable Investment Assurance Model”, which intends to pull together aspects of sustainability, including core environmental aspects of emissions and waste, along with economic, competition, engagement, and education branches of sustainability. Initial applications of the model will investigate the potential of circular steel manufacturing/steel as a service, and high value end- of-life material processing, while investigating the alternative approaches to data handling and use
across foundation industries when calculating sustainability credentials.

Stephen is actively looking for partners interested in measured sustainability, circular economy, and regional synergistic manufacturing.

Published: February 11th, 2022
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