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New Eco-Design Conference - First For South East’s Manufacturers

SEEBA, the South East Environmental Business Association, has announced
details of its very first conference.  To be held on 28 June 2001 at the
London home of sponsors the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE),
the conference, 'Eco-design for Competitive Advantage', is aimed
specifically at the region's manufacturing industries.  It is co-sponsored
by SEEDA, the Environment Agency, the Institution of Electrical Engineers,
the Printed Circuit Industry Federation and innovation strategy
specialists, PERA.  Delegate places cost just £50 and can be booked by
contacting 01252 892772.

A panel of international speakers, including Professor Ab Stevels of
Philips Consumer Electronics (Netherlands), will lead delegates through
topics such as eco-product development trends and drivers; lead-free
soldering solutions; and eco-design management and the supply chain.  UK
businesses will be well represented with addresses by senior personnel
from Honda and Unipart, amongst others.

SEEBA, an initiative of The Centre for Sustainable Design based at The
Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College, is the South East's
green business club, focused on 'producer responsibility' issues in the
electronics, automotive and packaging sectors.  Its work is geared
exclusively to the needs of business within the region, providing a forum
for knowledge exchange and dissemination.

Co-ordinator of SEEBA, Professor Martin Charter, said, “This first
regional conference marks a coming-of-age for SEEBA and reflects its
growing stature.  Its aim is to provide the South East's manufacturing
businesses with the knowledge they need to stay one step ahead in the
rapidly moving world of eco-design.”

Further information on SEEBA can be found on the website of parent
organisation, The Centre for Sustainable Design, at  For information on this and other
projects of The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College
please contact Professor Martin Charter on 01252 892772.


Note(s) to the Editor

The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD), established in 1995, has an
international reputation and is actively involved in European
sustainability initiatives.  It maintains world-wide links with major
corporations such as Sony, Philips and Honda UK as well as with eco-design
pioneers such as O2 International and Delft University of Technology. 
Through its environmental business association SEEBA (South East
Environmental Business Association) it is networked with companies
throughout southern England.

The CfSD’s main activities fall broadly into the areas of training,
consultancy and research.

The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College is one of
Europe’s largest independent colleges specialising in art, design, media
and communication.  Based in Farnham and Epsom in Surrey, the Institute
has nearly 3,000 students studying on over 30 programmes leading to
diplomas, degrees and postgraduate qualifications.  From autumn 2000, The
Surrey Institute will deliver a new BA (Hons) programme in Product Design
Sustainable Futures.

For further information please contact Sara Laver on +44 (0) 1252 892733.

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