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CAETS Association with Member Activities

There are two levels of CAETS association with Member activities which the Board may grant at the request of a Member. One is through the assistance and cooperation from individual Members or from the Board regarding suggestions for topics, identification of speakers and participants from developing and developed countries. Another is through formal CAETS endorsement and support of a Member's activity.

1. Cross-Border Technology Transfer to Eliminate Ozone-Depleting Substances: (Member Assistance) This international workshop of NAE/US was held on April 22-25, 1991. The workshop report identifies issues that participants discussed as impediments to technology transfer to substitute for ozone-depleting substances, and presents various suggestions and ideas of the participants on possible steps to speed technology transfer. The workshop was organized to hear discussions of national ozone policies and trade issues, extending the information loop, lessons from hydrocarbon aerosol technology transfer, challenges in refrigeration and air-conditioning, moving ahead on fluorinated chemicals, and the role of multilateral organizations.


2. Technology Transfer/Technology Diffusion: (Member Assistance) This topic was the subject of the 3rd EAJ international symposium held on March 14-15, 1994 in Yokohama. The conference reviewed the history of how developing countries of the past (for example, U.S. and Japan) were able successfully to transfer technology from Europe into their countries in order to extract lessons which can be applied to current developing countries. Also reviewed, for the same purpose, was the successful conversion, after WWII, in Germany and Japan of their military industry to civilian industry.


3. Industrial Ecology: (Member Assistance) The purpose of this NAE/US international conference held in California during May 9-13, 1994 was to examine and exchange information on industry practices, government initiatives, and management philosophies contributing to improving environmental characteristics of industrial ecosystems. It explored how companies go about the business of being environmental stewards and what it means to excel as environmental custodians in the complex global competitive and environmentally sensitive sphere of operations. Sessions and working group meetings discussed:

  • industrial ecology: technology, management, and education
  • environmental laws, regulations, and international trends effecting environmental innovation and practice
  • metrics for gauging environmental progress
  • ife-cycle practices, and
  • cultural and organizational change

4. Life Cycle Assessment: (Member Assistance) Building on an international workshop which was held in Denmark on April 25,26, 1994, ATV has planned a series of activities dealing with LCA to discuss the results of the first phase of its work and to formulate recommendations for the continuing phases. The basic objectives of the ATV project are to develop LCA methods for assessing the overall impacts of a product, as tools for industrial product development and for environmental labelling. Initial focus will be on the food industry with case studies conducted to demonstrate practical application.


5. Engineering for Sustainable Development: (CAETS Endorsement) This conference organized by RAEng and was held on 21-22 September, 1995 in London, England. The objective of the conference was to explore the challenges and opportunities for engineers and to register the importance of the engineering contribution for technological solutions to sustainability issues.

The conference opened with a discussion of society's expectations of engineers as it strives to improve human well-being without further environmental degradation. Following were two illustrative sessions. The first, on manufacturing, dealt with novel and more efficient products, automotive design for environmental protection, and sustainable product lifecycles. The second, on transport, considered the multi-disciplinary character of transport, system problems and incremental solutions, and understanding and managing the 'car dependency' of modern lifestyles.


6. Technology Policy In A Borderless World Economy: (CAETS Endorsement) This Fourth International Symposium of the EAJ was held September 11-12, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan. The objective of the conference was to consider the changing roles of government and the nature of potential changes to national technology policy in view of the continuing lowering of barriers on international economic activities and the accelerating internationalization of activities of multi-national manufacturing companies. CAETS participated directly through a panel of representatives of five Members each of whom addressed the topic from the perspective of their own country.


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