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Sneak preview of the upcoming CIWM conference

This year’s CIWM conference boasts a strong speaker line up and promises some interesting debate on industry hot topics

What is the waste industry’s role in building a circular economy? Are product design and standards the best way to achieve real waste prevention? What does the future waste policy landscape look like? And how can this sector engage better with the public and local communities? These are some of the questions to be explored at this year’s CIWM Conference in partnership with ESA, taking place in London on 11 and 12 June.

As well as an opening address from Professor Paul Ekins, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London and a Ministerial Keynote from waste and resource minister Lord de Mauley, the conference brings together policy experts including Chris Pook, Deputy Director Green Economy at BIS, Dr Colin Church, Director of Climate, Waste & Atmosphere at Defra and Soledad Blanco, Director of Sustainable Resources Management, Industry & Air for the European Commission.

A panel debate entitled ‘Essential building blocks in creating a circular economy’ will bring together policy, waste, economic and design experts to share their views about the early steps needed to develop more sustainable materials and resource use models for the future. Panellists include Sally Uren, Deputy CEO of Forum for the Future, Stuart Greig, Head of Zero Waste Policy for Scottish Government, Joss Tantram, Partner-Corporate Sustainability at Terrafiniti LLP and Dr Forbes McDougall, Global Zero Waste to Landfill Programme Leader for Procter & Gamble.

Also on the agenda is the future of Producer Responsibility legislation and whether the regime is fit for the future. Chaired by Scott Butler MD of ERP UK with speakers including Karl Edsjö, Environmental & European Affairs Manager for Electrolux Europe and Phil Conran of 360 Environmental, the session will cover the implications of the current EU review.

Provocative debate on food waste will be led by experts including Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board, Lord Deben, who heads up the Visionary Panel on Food Waste, and Hospitality Institute Chief Executive Peter Ducker.

The first day ends with an exploration of what role product design and standards play in driving waste prevention and how we can better engage people and businesses.

Day two opens with a session on how to get the best out of the UK’s EfW potential with David Wagstaff, DECC’s Head of Heat Strategy & Policy, David Clarke, CEO of the Energy Technologies Institute, and Ali Lloyd of Pöyry Management Consulting, who will look at the impact of Electricity Market Reform. Linda Ovens, Associate Director at AMEC E&I, will be sharing the results of CIWM’s latest research on RDF and SRF export markets.

Focus on public perceptions about waste and the challenge of engagement and consultation follows, with perspectives from waste reduction campaigner and blogger Karen Cannard and Mike Pyle, Chief Reporter at the Sutton Guardian.

A heavyweight two-part debate on current and future waste policy at both EU and national level closes the conference, with speakers from the EC, Defra, LGA, Green Investment Bank and Royal Town Planning Institute.  It is designed to provide strategic insight into the challenges ahead and will include audience voting.

More information and booking details can be found at

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