About AREC

The Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) is a facility to promote the collaboration between industry and academia, and provide a platform for access to policy makers in order to meet the challenge of promoting resource efficiency and sustainability across supply chains.

AREC supports the development of resource sustainable supply chains by proposing new ways of reducing risk for partners in overcoming the challenges of resource availability. Through AREC, Small & Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) can join in collaboration with larger industrial partners and benefit from cutting edge academic research and skills. This provides the mechanism for achieving the aims of the UK Government and EU policy, in supporting an environment in which the 4.8 million UK-based SMEs can flourish with their supply chains in Europe and internationally.

AREC has the infrastructure in place to work in partnership with industry to address world challenges in supply chain resource sustainability, focussing on four key areas: advanced materials and manufacturing, energy and nuclear; water; and agritech and food.

AREC has strong backing from key stakeholders and is aligned with key Government policies and innovation capabilities. For example, AREC has been included in the Sheffield City Region Strategic Economic Plan.

What can AREC offer to partners?

  • Short and long term innovation
  • Access to cutting edge development
  • World leading expertise in academia and industry
  • Collaborative and joint capability
  • Branding and CSR
  • Access to funding
  • Access to skills
  • Access to facilities

From more information about how AREC can assist business and industry, please see our Industry pages.

To find our the latest news and developments within AREC, please visit our News and Events page.

AREC Global

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AREC - Europe

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While AREC's hub is based in Sheffield, UK, the centre is in the process of expanding its operations globally. The centre has an existing spoke in Greece, and is working towards creating additional spokes in the United States and Asia/Middle East.

AREC-Europe is led by Prof Panos Ketikidis and located in Thessaloniki, Greece. The spoke oversees the European expansion of AREC. Its strategic objective is to build leaders and transfer knowledge for enabling the transformation and emergence of innovative and environmentally sustainable enterprises in South East Europe. The branch’s core activities include involvement in five EU funded projects related to environmental sustainability and resource efficiency amounting to about 500 000 EUR. It also undertakes several outreach activities, often in collaboration with AREC UK, such as the Pathway to Resource Efficiency event at the European Parliament in Brussels in June 2016. AREC-Europe has an active partnership with Olympia Electronics, enabling students to undertake semester long formal assignments with the company as part of their degree. The branch also actively contributes to the research environment by providing guest lectures and organising company visits. Future plans include:

  1. Acquiring more EU and industry funded projects to build up capacity and leaders in the field of innovative and environmentally sustainable enterprises.
  2. Engaging and co-creating with industry towards providing tailored training in terms of environmental sustainability.
  3. Assisting entrepreneurs in ensuring the innovativeness and environmental sustainability of their startups.
  4. Offering consultancy to businesses in terms of using environmental sustainability assessment and mitigation (SCEnATi).

AREC China

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AREC partnership with DRTT World Academy of China Development Research Think Tank (DRTT) will create positive impact to global resource efficiency and supply chain sustainability. Being a subsidiary of China Development Research Centre of the State Council, DRTT focuses on providing services covering: high-quality information, top-notch policy research and industry consulting, big data, education and training, conference and industry park. The partnership put it in the unique position to provide comprehensive solutions that benefit all stakeholders, address environmental concerns and issues of resource efficiency.

AREC China will focus on the supply chain of the energy, manufacturing and civil nuclear industries (including oil and gas), and will take on a key role in knowledge exchange with local executives in the newest developments in supply chain environmental sustainability, including opportunities for big data, autonomous and intelligence applications, and the topics of Industry 4.0 and resource efficiency.

AREC USA

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AREC UK and Pennsylvania State University have formed a partnership with regard to research related to sustainability. Penn State University is home to the Materials Research Institute, which encompasses the national institute that does world class materials research in the States. Collaboration between the institutions will contribute to raising awareness about the excellent work conducted at the University of Sheffield internationally.

AREC USA will include our strategic industrial partners such as Microsoft. This builds from our existing strong partnership with Microsoft in the SCEnAT Suites development and our partnership will be advanced to embrace the most cutting edge digital technologies to transform supply chains and society towards resource efficiency and sustainability.

AREC X

Will be announced soon…