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Looking ahead at this year's RWM in partnership with CIWM show

The latest in our series of what’s in store for you at this year’s RWM in partnership with CIWM show, running from 10-12 September

Zoom in on the Energy from Waste Theatre

This year sees the show’s biggest ever Energy from Waste Theatre programme which gathers experts from the UK market in a rare opportunity to hear a balance of opinions from waste companies, technology owners and developers, in addition to experts able to forecast the evolution of technology and the size of the market – a perfect resource for those at a strategic level looking at the future direction of this growing sector, or those with a specific technical area of interest.

Headlining the theatre is Rt. Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who will cover fundamental topics such as the UK’s energy needs, the role of energy from waste and how this will support security of supply. With doubts about the certainty of feedstock as we recycle more and produce less waste, he will also look at certainty of generation and the impact on carbon targets.

Another not-to-be-missed speaker is Andy Pag, who will talk about his biofuel projects, in which he drove around the world in a bus powered by used cooking oil and then drove a chocolate-fuelled lorry to Timbuktu in Mali - a world-first carbon negative expedition.

Those wishing to learn about key changes in the energy from waste landscape should catch the panel ‘The shape of future waste arisings in the UK and what it means for the development of energy from waste infrastructure’. Joining Robin Latchem, editor of MRW who is chairing this session, are speakers Robert Ryan, Head of Projects at Viridor, Paul Carey, Managing Director of MVV, and Steve Lee, Chief Executive of CIWM. It’s a vital discussion for anyone planning for energy from waste in the future.

Other questions and topics covered in this theatre include:

  • How will energy from waste infrastructure be financed?
  • What are the common problems with planning and how these are being tackled?
  • How will unproven technologies reach the market?
  • RDF – the pros and cons of exporting it
  • What happens to residue? Recovering value
  • Which technologies will dominate the market – and what will govern long term success
  • Communication and effective community engagement
  • What are the feedstock risks?
  • What is the scale of the market – and what will govern this?

To register for your free ticket to RWM in partnership with CIWM, offering access to five specialist theatre programmes, including the Energy from Waste Theatre, and running from 10 to 12 September at the NEC in Birmingham go to

Giving your communications a work out in the new-look Communications Hub

The Communications Hub, delivered by Copper Consultancy in partnership with SLR Consulting and APSRG, offers a detailed look at ‘positive communications’ with three days of engaging and thought-provoking sessions. Using good news stories and innovative practices within the industry as a springboard for discussion, each day will be organised around a specific theme.

‘Leadership’ is the first key theme on day one, followed by ‘Investment’ and ‘Communities’. With everything from Dragon’s Den style pitches to in-depth panel debates, the Communications Hub will host policy makers, key sector speakers and industry leaders to deliver a dynamic and progressive programme across the three days.

Social media is a focus of two seminars by Steve Bustin of Vada: ‘Communications - what not to do: Learning from others’ mistakes,’ and ‘Social media: Creating and measuring value’.

Completing a trio of top talks, the panel on ‘Infrastructure: How much is enough?’ will be chaired by John Twitchen from Copper Consultancy, with panellists from SLR Consulting, as well as Antony Oliver, the editor of New Civil Engineer and John Kjorstad, editor of Infrastructure Journal.

All your recycling needs covered

Returning to RWM in partnership with CIWM is the popular Materials Village. This enables visitors to gain invaluable advice on the recycling and reprocessing of a wide range of different waste streams. It’s a one-stop shop for information on collection, sorting and end markets for recovered materials and is supported by the Organics Recycling Group, the Confederation of Paper Industries, Alupro, Recoup, The Textile Recycling Association, The Resource Association, British Glass and the British Metals Recycling Association.

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