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RWM In Partnership with CIWM 2013


RWM in partnership with CIWM hosts the most comprehensive conference in the industry sector. The event will focus on various issues: how energy from waste can contribute to the UK´s requirements; waste collection services and the local authorities and the private sector; understanding the potential impact of resource scarcity and escalating commodity prices; how uncertainties surrounding renewable feeding tariffs/incentives might impact the ability to secure planning for waste to energy recovery facilities; combating food waste; maximizing the opportunities to reuse of resources; what are the best ways to encourage residents to recycle, just to mention a few. Experts in the related areas and visitors interested in the concerned sectors will attend the conference.

Event Type:
Trade Show/Exhibition
Sep. 10-12, 2013
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham , UK

The 2013 RWM conference programme is again free to attend, and is set to be even more popular than in 2012. Compiled after hundreds of conversations with market professionals, you can be sure to hear discussions around the biggest questions in the industry, the most useful case studies, and the hottest debate around contentious market issues.

Split across 5 theatres, you will hear the best coverage available anywhere in Europe of major themes affecting every major firm in the waste and recycling industry.

Unmissable themes for 2013
Key themes include:

  • The move to a truly circular economy – who’s doing this, how, and what is the model?
  • Finance – where will funding come from, what sorts of deals will be done, and what new infrastructure projects can we expect?
  • Local authorities  - how can we improve recycling rates, what types of collection will prove most successful, and how can we better communicate with householders?
  • Energy from waste – what are the financial models and how this affects finance? What types of EfW will be most popular, what are the risks and rewards?
  • What do we do about food waste?

Bigger and better in 2013
The programme will host:

  • Many more panel sessions of industry experts
  • More local authority and waste producer case studies than ever
  • Bigger, better designed theatres built to allow high quality networking
  • More international speakers than ever before to harness global expertise
  • Fewer sessions, more speakers, more interactivity: a more interesting and gripping visitor experience

Gain insight into the future of waste & resource
Forming the heart of RWM’s extensive conference programme, the Arena is the place where you’ll see CEOs share their vision of the future of waste and resource, where policy makers set out new policy, and where special guest speakers provide something insightful, refreshing, and inspirational. It’s your opportunity to shake hands with senior waste experts, your chance to get to the heart of the big picture issues, and a time to look into the future of your market sector.

What will be discussed in the Leaders Arena?

  • How can we finance the infrastructure we need?
  • CEO panel – the heads of the biggest companies in waste debate the big issues
  • Latest legislation – how does it affect your business?
  • The circular economy – what does it mean and how do we get there?
  • Resource scarcity and the future of resource values
  • The industry’s only meeting of Women in Waste
  • Waste as a resource – are we doing the right thing with our waste? What’s best for the environment?

Key speakers in 2013 include:

  • Lord Robert Winston – A speech very different from any other at the show, Lord Winston will share some of his latest research: explaining what we know about human nature, human development, and what makes us behave as we do. Lord Winston sits on the Labour benches and speaks regularly in the House of Lords, particularly on science, education, medical ethics and the arts. He is chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.
  • Professor Jacqueline Cramer, Professor in Sustainable Innovation, Utrecht University. Professor Cramer will share her views on Europe’s journey from waste management to a truly circular economy, with particular insight on the obstacles companies will face, how we should be gearing up for the changes ahead, and the risks to the environment of not acting now.
  • David Newman, President of ISWA will discuss the role waste management plays in providing sustainable development in fast growing developing nations, their waste emergencies and ways to tackle these through international partnerships, public-private investments, aid, and other financial instruments.
  • David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive of SITA and Chairman of the ESA will take part in the CEO panel, sharing his company’s view of the future of waste, the challenges they face and the prospects for the ESA under his guidance.

Seminars in the Commerce & Industry Theatre highlight important industry developments and debates affecting commercial waste producers. Strategic insights and best practice approaches for the following topical issues will be shared:

  • Attaining zero waste to landfill
  • Designing for a circular economy
  • Tackling food waste
  • Optimizing packaging for reuse
  • Handling hazardous waste effectively
  • Achieving staff and customer buy-in

Key speakers in the Commerce & Industry theatre

  • Dr Anne Roulin, Nestlé – Nestlé have been widely credited for the strength of their sustainability strategy and, at RWM, Global Head of Packaging and Design, Dr Anna Roulin, will be sharing the global blue chip’s journey to zero waste, with particular attention on how they are targeting waste reduction across the value chain through innovative product design.
  • Greg Chant-Hall, Skanska – As Head of Sustainability at Skanska, Greg Chant-Hall coordinates a team of sustainability professionals across the UK, Scandinavia, Central Europe and the Americas. Skanska have positioned themselves as one of the leading construction companies on environmental performance and at RWM Greg will be talking on how the company is building and delivering a closed loop strategy through resource efficiency and the use of recycled material on site.
  • Mark Linehan, Sustainable Restaurant Association – As Managing Director of this not-for-profit membership organisation, Mark Linehan plays an integral role in helping restaurant and foodservice companies across the UK to become more sustainable; from sourcing of sustainable produce to minimizing their environmental impact. Tackling food waste remains a critical issue for this sector, carrying significant environmental and financial implications. At RWM Mark will join a panel to discuss how to secure the supply chain support that is essential to alleviating this problem.
  • Mike Walters, John Lewis Partnership – Mike has been responsible for the strategic direction of the Partnership’s waste strategy for more than 5 years. At RWM Mike will be explaining how pursuing a strategy of recycling exclusively in the UK has enabled them to take advantage of closed loop opportunities, a key area of debate in light of recent scrutiny over waste export policy.

A centre of learning, discussion and networking for local authorities, seminars in this theatre address the key issues affecting municipal waste strategy. Key themes for discussion include:

  • Delivering improved waste services at less cost
  • Generating revenue from waste
  • Motivating householders to recycle
  • Creating effective partnerships
  • Handling bulky waste steams
  • Impending legislation and policy affecting waste strategy

Key speakers in the LA Theatre

  • Lucy Siegle – British journalist, writer and TV personality Lucy Siegle is an active campaigner for environmental issues with a particular focus on ethical living in a modern world. At RWM 2013, Lucy will be sharing her insights on changing householder attitudes to waste and recycling, a key sticking point for local authorities striving to improve performance.
  • Dr Colin Church, Defra – As Director, Climate, Waste and Atmosphere, Dr Colin Church plays an integral role in informing government policy on waste as well as in supporting waste infrastructure development. Ahead of Defra releasing the Waste Prevention Plan at the end of 2013, Colin will be advising on how prevention will be represented in policy and what the impacts of this will be for local authorities.
  • Joy Blizzard, LARAC - LARAC Chair and Waste Initiatives Officer at Shropshire Council, Joy Blizzard has extensive experience in delivering local government waste strategy. Recently Joy has been at the forefront of delivering WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste Campaign and will be sharing her experiences of this as well as other best practice strategies for raising awareness of food waste.
  • Councillor James McKay, Birmingham City Council – In light of the allocation of DCLG funding there is great interest as to how awarded authorities are progressing with their respective projects. Representing the authority awarded the largest portion of funding; Councillor McKay will share achievements and learnings from resulting weekly collections and recycling reward schemes.

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