The Circular Economy Connect Zone and Theatre, backed by partner Suez, features workshops and seminars for technology innovators and progressive businesses, along with practical examples of the circular economy.
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Key themes will cover Government intervention, global impacts and behaviour change.
Top speakers will include Karl Falkenberg, environment director general, European Commission; Ed Gillespie of Futerra; Suez chief executive David Palmer-Jones; Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland; and Gin Tidridge, sustainability specialist, B&Q.
The Energy from Waste Theatre, sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric, will address subjects including UK and European Government policy and investment, gasification technology, refuse-derived fuel exporting to mainland Europe and commercial and industrial waste.
Key speakers include co-founder and chief executive of Bio-bean, Arthur Kay; Roy Hathaway, European policy adviser, Environmental Services Association; Birger Lauersen, manager of international affairs, Danish District Heating Association; Dick Hoogendoorn, managing director, Dutch Waste Management Association; and Dominic Noel-Johnson, vice-president, Green Investment Bank.
The Local Authority Theatre will feature topical issues such as reducing waste crime, regulations, collection schemes, resident engagement, plastics recycling and food waste.
Among the speakers sharing best practice in this sector are Mat Crocker, deputy director of illegals and waste, EA; Linda Crichton, head of resource management, WRAP; and Ian Briggs, senior fellow, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham.
The Operators Hub Theatre caters for MRF operators, skip hire companies, scrap metal dealers, fleet operators and those involved in the day-to-day handling of waste and materials. The Hub offers practical information on how to increase the bottom line in times of budget restrictions by working smarter and driving efficiencies.
Topics covered will include a review of the latest technology, working practices and regulations to help recycling businesses successfully navigate the challenges of today’s market.
The UKTI International Business Theatre will offer export case studies and advice on how to enter specific markets overseas.
This year, RWM’s organiser i2i Events Group, in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, will be working with consultancy Carbon Clear to assess the event’s carbon footprint. The data will be used to offset unavoidable carbon impacts of the show.
The show organisers will also develop a three-year plan to meet increased sustainability goals.
Working closely with suppliers, exhibitors and visitors, a number of measures have already been implemented by i2i to reduce on-site waste. This includes using recycled and recyclable carpets and shell schemes, reusing the electrics system, hiring furniture which is reused at other events and signage made from recycled and recyclable cardboard.
Current RWM suppliers are being encouraged to extend their sustainable practices while future event partners will be selected according to their commitment to minimising waste.