The author of the European Commission’s original circular economy package will be a keynote speaker at the Resourcing the Future Conference 2017 in London on 27-28 June.
Dr Janez Potočnik, now co-chair of UNEP’s International Resource Panel, will feature on the second day of the annual event which is organised by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Environmental Services Association, the Resource Association and WRAP.
Another notable speaker will be the Liberal Democrats’ environment spokesperson in the Lords, Baroness Parminter, who will explore issues including recycling performance and a stronger extended producer responsibility framework.
CIWM chief executive Colin Church said the conference was being held at a critical time.
“Significant areas of future UK environmental and economic and industrial policy are under development, but the backdrop is one of deep uncertainty,” he said.
“The aim of the conference is to rally the sector to debate how to drive further improvements in sustainable waste management and resource efficiency, and better realise the economic, social and environmental benefits of doing so.”
Day one speakers include Viridor’s commercial director Paul Ringham; Iain Ferguson, environment manager at The Co-operative Group; Andrew Lappage, head of operations at North London Waste Authority, Valpak chief executive Steve Gough; and Nick Brown, head of sustainability for Coca-Cola European Partners.
Those featuring on the second day include: Helga Vanthournout, senior expert at McKinsey’s Center for Business and the Environment; Marcus Gover, chief executive of WRAP; Robert Hunt, chief corporate officer at Veolia UK; Mike Barry, head of sustainable business for M&S; and DS Smith UK managing director Mathew Prosser.