Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)

New `Circular Economy Connect` launching at RWM 2014


Introducing a new theatre, daily workshops, hospitality suites and networking zones to help you connect with peers, and advance your understanding into the benefits and challenges of adopting circular practice.

A new event running at RWM in partnership with CIWM, called Circular Economy Connect, will provide businesses with vital tools to develop their sustainability and closed loop strategy. Building on RWM customer feedback, Circular Economy Connect has 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.

To mark the launch, the organisers of RWM, i2i Events, have also produced a new report looking at the circular economy (including contributions and feedback from key industry leaders including Walter Stahel, founder of the Product Life Institute in Geneva and CIWM's chief executive Steve Lee, as well as opinions from Kingfisher and Jaguar Land Rover). The report can be downloaded at

SITA have been confirmed as a Gold Sponsor for Circular Economy Connect and will be hosting one of the new hospitality suites and delivering key educational 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. RWM 2014 and Circular Economy Connect provide an excellent incubator for exhibitors and conference-goers alike to share experiences and form the collaborations and alliances that are needed to successfully drive the circular economy. The event provides our sector with a valuable opportunity to help find solutions to the resource management challenges we face, and I very much look forward to attending.' 

Sarah Porter, divisional director for the environment events at i2i, which includes RWM in partnership with CIWM, said: 'We're delighted to be announcing Circular Economy Connect at a key time when people from every sector need to work together to reduce waste production and find better solutions and strategies to help generate the much desired circular economy.'

Ray Georgeson, chief executive at the Resource Association added: 'I am delighted to see the development of Circular Economy Connect as a natural evolution of the RWM show. 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. I'm looking forward to joining the conversation!'

Key partnering organisations include CIWM, ESA, the Resource Association, RSA, Zero Waste Scotland, British Retail Consortium, BIFM, TSB, Knowledge Transfer Network, and Green Alliance. LARAC and WRAP have also contributed speakers to Circular Economy Connect.

Theatre programme

At the heart of this new event will be the Circular Economy Connect Theatre, which will address the key barriers and successes in the uptake of the circular economy and investigate who can best benefit from this closed loop model.

Speakers in the new theatre include pioneering environmentalist Walter Stahel, who coined the term 'circular economy' and is widely regarded as one of the world's most eminent leaders on the topic. There will also be leaders from Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover discussing opportunities in closing the loop and resource recovery in manufacturing respectively.

Heavyweights from Hewlett PackardDell and Kyocera will also be speaking about how they are engaging designers, engineers and architects to prevent waste, extend product lifecycles, enable pre-cycling, and successfully adopting a business culture of access over ownership.

Visitors interested in closing the loop on clothing and scaling up localised success should attend sessions with London College of Fashion and Marks & Spencer who will be exploring social incentivisation for consumers to adopt sustainable practices. For more information, please visit:

The Circular Economy Connect area, and all of RWM in partnership with CIWM exhibition and conference, is free to attend and takes place from 16 to 18 September 2014 in the larger halls of 4 to 5 at the NEC, Birmingham. The RWM event is once again co-located with The Water EventThe Energy Event and The Renewables Event, all taking place on 16 and 17 September 2014 in hall 3. To register your interest in attending (gaining free access to all four shows), please visit To enquire about exhibiting, please call 020 3033 2159 or email

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