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Transcript: The Way to Sustainable

Professor Christine Ennew >> Hi I'm Chris Ennew

Dave Greenwood >> Dave Greenwood

Professor João Porto de Albuquerque >> Professor João Porto de Albuquerque

Parvez Islam >> Parvez Islam

Dr Celine Tan >> Dr Celine Tan

Joel Cardinal >> Joel Cardinal

Professor Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla >> I'm Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla

Caroline Kuzemko >> Caroline Kuzemko, Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies.

Dave Greenwood >> Chief Executive of WMG's High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Professor Christine Ennew >> I'm the University's Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Joel Cardinal >> I work for the Estates Office and my role is to engage across the University on all topics for energy and sustainability.

Professor Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla >> I'm the Head of School for Cross-faculty Studies at the University of Warwick.

Dr Celine Tan >> Reader in Law at Warwick Law School.

Professor João Porto de Albuquerque >> I'm the Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development.

Parvez Islam >> I'm the Director of Transport and Future Mobility at the University of Warwick.

Professor João Porto de Albuquerque >> There is a consensus that we need to change. We need to get to a more sustainable way of living.

Professor Christine Ennew >> The big challenge is how we get there.

Caroline Kuzemko >> If you're going to solve a problem as complex as climate change, you're going to need new scientific understandings, new business models, new ways of behaving and understanding culture and psychology.

Dave Greenwood >> Net Zero is a clear endpoint. The challenge is finding the way to get there, and that 'way to sustainable' is a journey of many steps.

Professor João Porto de Albuquerque >> Warwick's commitment to sustainability, it's not about including it as a topic, but really as living this, in the different structures, in operations, in research, in education.

Professor Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla >> We try to lead by example, both from a research point of view and from a teaching point of view. 2015 was the year that the Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) were signed, were approved, and in 2016, just one year later, we were already starting these [Global Sustainable Development] degrees.

Joel Cardinal >> If you are an organisation that has been here for 50 years and wants to be here another 50 years, you can't be too short term. So I think it's good, Warwick has the willingness to invest, we do things that can last.

Professor Christine Ennew >> We are looking to the future, to a long-term future, and that's 2030 and 2050. We've got to focus on how we have impact.

Dave Greenwood >> Our role here is about generating knowledge and making sure that that knowledge makes its way into a community where it makes a big difference.

Professor João Porto de Albuquerque >> We have to lead by example by really embedding sustainability in all that we do and that means in the day-to-day life on campus and making the campus really sustainable.

Professor Christine Ennew >> We can share our knowledge with industry partners, and we can work with them to establish how best to make an impact through the innovations that have come out of our research.

Parvez Islam >> It puts us in a unique kind of position to be pioneering and provide learnings to other urban centres, to show them how sustainable transport can become a part of their future.

Dave Greenwood >> We've got a huge amount of work going on here about how you de-carbonise transport, how you de-carbonise energy, how you de-carbonise industry, and that's the mainstay of our research. But it's not enough. We also need to think about Net Zero in terms of economic sustainability.

Professor Christine Ennew >> I think it's very easy to think of the economy and the environment as being in conflict, but the reality is that we need both.

Dr Celine Tan >> The main challenge for researchers and for people who are trying to formulate solutions for the climate crisis is actually to look at how we can design these things equitably, to be able to make that transition without having to sacrifice poverty reduction, economic growth, and their own sustainability.

Professor Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla >> The youth is really passionate about sustainable development, but we need to give the students the skills to be able to approach those challenges in the right way.

Caroline Kuzemko >> The degree of engagement amongst the student demographic with climate change is all about solutions, and all about understanding how we reach those targets.

Professor João Porto de Albuquerque >> We know we have to change but, you know, we know we know we have people to embrace that change.

Professor Christine Ennew >> I think the thing that really excites me is the opportunity to see the linkages between the technical solutions that come from the lab-based researchers, through to the behavioural scientists who look at how we can drive that into practice.

Caroline Kuzemko >> The only way to move forward is by learning and doing, making the odd mistake, but being aware of that and then figuring out how to solve those mistakes. Universities give you that kind of environment where you can do that kind of thing.