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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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DEI Guest Seminar: Environmental & Economic Sustainability

2nd March 2011, 13:00 to 14:00, Room E240, School of Engineering & Computing Sciences, Professor Paul Hardisty, Global Director, Sustainability & EconNomics for WorleyParsons

Never before has the quest to balance the needs of people, the environment, and the economy been so important. While sustainability has been widely taken up by governments and business, the world has continued to move in increasingly unsustainable directions, from continued dependence on fossil energy to rising greenhouse gas emissions, and erosion of biodiversity.

We know what the right thing to do is, but somehow we cannot make the changes that are needed, and so we continue with business as usual, producing business-as-usual results. Based on more than fifteen years of research and practice, Environmental and Economic Sustainability introduces the environmental and economic sustainability assessment (EESA), a new way to make decisions that meets the challenges of the 21st century. Incorporating elements of life-cycle analysis, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, and comprehensive sensitivity analysis, EESA provides a fully quantitative, objective, and rational way to include all of the social, environmental, and economic issues relevant to a decision into one comprehensive analysis. This seminar seeks to demonstrate how to apply EESA using examples across a number of major industries, including petroleum, mining, and public utilities, and covering key issues such as water, greenhouse gases, waste, contaminated sites, and renewable energy.

Paul Hardisty is Global Director, Sustainability and EcoNomics for WorleyParsons, one of the world's largest engineering services companies. Paul has over 20 years of experience assisting government and industry in achieving more environmentally and socially sustainable outcomes through applying environmental economics and strategy. He is a Visiting Professor in Environmental Engineering at Imperial College, London, an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Australia, and a Member of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change in London. He is the author of over 200 publications, including a recent book on the Economincs of groundwater protection and remediation, and a new book on the Economics of Sustainabile Decision Making in industry. Paul is also a member of Green Cross Australia's Steering Committee on Climate Change, and a member of the Waste management Authority of Western Australia, advising the Minister of Environment. When time allows, he trains for Ironman triathlon.

A sandwich lunch is available from 12:45; please indicate any dietary requirements when registering. 

To register, please email Alison Norton ( by 23 February 2011.