Materials Security

Using BS 8905 to mitigate and manage the risk of materials supply disruption

5 December 2011, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DB

Achieving a secure supply of materials through standards

Supported by:

This is a one day event that will help your company develop a strategy to reduce the risk of future disruption to the business due to an interruption in the supply of materials. Learn how to make better decisions in the design and selection of materials at the design stage, and how to ensure that your business is not affected by volatile prices and changes in availability of materials.

Attend this conference to:

  • Learn how to align material selection practices with board level sustainability goals
  • See how you can champion sustainable assessment practices in your organization 
  • Gain an overview of the new British Standard BS 8905 Framework for the assessment of the sustainable use of materials. Guide
  • Hear a range of industry specific case studies from organizations leading the way in their assessment of material options.

Key speakers

Cyrille Peignot
Design for Environment Group (DfE)

Dr Jacqui Glass
Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Sustainable Construction and AEDM Programme Director
Loughborough University

Who should attend?

  • Design Engineers
  • Product Engineers
  • Material Engineers
  • Manufacturers
  • Processing professionals
  • Energy providers
  • Government departments
  • Environmental management consultancies

Conference Programme - 5 December 2011

Conference timings

Registration: 10:00 
Conference begins: 10:30
Conference closes: 16:00

10:30 Chairman’s Introduction

  • Outlining the purpose of BS 8905:
  • Examining how the BS 8905 was developed and who was involved
  • BS 8905: Voluntary guidance

Putting BS 8905 into context

10:50 Examining the BS 8905: A brief overview of content

  • Defining scope and engaging stakeholders
  • The full life cycle of materials: Sourcing, supply and manufacturing
  • Utilizing decision support tools for assessing the sustainable use of materials
  • The need for reliable data

Dr Jacqui Glass, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Sustainable Construction and AEDM Programme Director, Loughborough University

11:20 The benefits of BS 8905: An aerospace perspective

  • How ADS is proposing that standards be used to ensure materials security
  • Managing risks to materials supply disruption using BS 8905

Mr Cyrille Peignot, Chair, Design for Environment Group (DfE), A|D|S

11:40 The use of standards to mitigate and manage risk of materials supply disruption

  • Using standards to help stakeholders manage risks to materials supply disruption
  • Implementing sustainable design and sourcing initiatives involving the entire supply chain to raise productivity, reduce costs, reduce product environmental footprint and enhance customer and supplier relations
  • Working with manufacturing and engineering companies to improve practices at the design, procurement and production stages to create more sustainable supply chains

Ben Sheridan, Committee Manager, BSI Standards

12:10 Question and answer session

12:30 Lunch and networking

Case study showcase: Applying BS 8905 in a broad range of industries

13:30 Case Study: The application of BS 8905 in the construction products sector

  • Identification of material issues
  • Securing stakeholder engagement to weight the issues
  • Effective data collection
  • Trialling the assessment framework

Shamir Ghumra, Head of Sustainability, Aggregate Industries

14:00 Case Study: Packaging industry

G. Richard Inns, PEC Partnership Limited, Environment and Cost Advisors for Packaged Goods

14:30 Comparing and contrasting different textile routes to re-manufacturing and up-cycling

Pat Stoneham, Director, Wildwood Futures Ltd

15:00  BS 8905 as a complementary tool to aid end-of-life vehicle directive requirements

  • 11 years of materials innovation
  • Moving forward with the aid of BS 8905: How the Standard can add value

Pat Stoneham, Director, Wildwood Futures Ltd

15:30 Question and answer session

16:00 Close of event


BS 8905. Framework for the assessment of the sustainable use of materials. Guidance

BS 8905 is a new standard that gives guidance on the consideration of environmental, social and economic issues in relation to the sustainable use of materials at every stage of a manufacturing supply chain.

It covers the full life cycle of a material including sourcing, supply and manufacture of materials, as well as the use phase of materials’ application and the end of life considerations. BS 8905 also provides guidance on the use of decision support tools for assessing the sustainable use of materials, the need for reliable data. It also gives consideration to the potential consequential effects of making materials selections.

To register your interest in attending this event please complete our short registration form.

Please note that this online registration does not automatically guarantee you a place at this event.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If the event is fully subscribed, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified in the week prior to the event if there is a place available for you.

You will not receive an automated response to your online registration, but will be contacted by a member of the BSI conferences team to confirm your status.

If you have not been contacted within five working days then please email

Any enquiries to:

 Your basket
Your basket is empty