The RWM with CIWM event this September will have a strong accent on the circular economy with the launch of a new theme: Circular Economy Connect.
Show organiser i2i said the topic had been introduced to provide a targeted event where visitors can “network, share ideas and find new resource management solutions as they work towards a more circular economy”.
SITA UK is on board as the main sponsor and will be hosting a hospitality area and delivering workshops throughout the show.
Gev Eduljee, director of external affairs at SITA, said: “Partnership working within each supply chain and across the public and private sectors will be essential if we are to reap the benefits of improved resource efficiency.”
Ray Georgeson, chief executive of the Resource Association, said that Circular Economy Connect was a natural evolution of RWM.
“As momentum builds around the idea of the circular economy, and increasingly the practicalities of ‘going circular’, this forum and space will be important and become an essential part of the RWM experience,” he said.
The event will have a Circular Economy Connect Theatre and speakers include environmentalist Walter Stahel, who coined the term ‘circular economy’.
A report has been published to coincide with the initiative of views of thought leaders in the sector include Stahel, CIWM chief executive Steve Lee; James Walker, head of innovation at Kingfisher; Charlie Law, head of environmental management at Bam Construct and Connor Hill, sustainability manager at Marks & Spencer.
They came up with five key actions:
- Develop an infrastructure that meets the needs of businesses to recycle segregated materials for the manufacturing or remanufacturing process.
- Companies should be open and transparent in sharing knowledge and experience to the benefit of all.
- Government should maintain its support to businesses through funding streams such as the Technology Strategy Board.
- Fiscal mechanisms, such as no VAT on reuse and remanufacturing activities, should be introduced.
- Standards and definitions should be developed and agreed to encourage buy in of products and promote consumer / user confidence.