2018 Programme

The Welsh Green Economy

08:45 - 09:30 - Registration

Opportunity for networking.

09:30 - 10:15 - Keynote Session

Welcome: Professor David Wilson MBE, CIWM President

Keynote: Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment, Welsh Government

10:15 - 11.15 - Sustainable Development & Circular Economy

This session explores aspects of the circular economy by looking at the Plastic Routes Map for sustainability. Drawing from insight conducted in Europe, and WRAP’s expertise, the session will consider how a Welsh local authority can assist with putting the circular economy into practice.

Chair: Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive, Resource Association

Speakers include:

  • Carl Nichols, Head of WRAP Cymru
  • Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director, RPC bpi group & plastics sector representative on Defra Advisory Committee on Packaging
  • Nigel Wheeler, Director, Highways and Streetcare Services, Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC

11:15 – 11:45 - Refreshments

Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing.

11:45 – 13:00 - Further Targets and Legislative Provisions

This session will look at how Brexit might provide opportunities for developing our circular economy. Discussions will focus on how Welsh Government could progress producer responsibility, and how it can make use of its tax raising powers to support a sustainable future.

Chair: Professor David Wilson MBE, CIWM President

Speakers include:

  • Professor Robert Lee, Director for the Centre for Professional Legal Education & Research, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Chris Sherrington, Head of Environmental Policy and Economics, Eunomia
  • Duncan Simpson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Valpak

13:00 – 14:00 - Lunch

Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing.

14:00 – 15:00 - What about Residual Wastes?

A topic not recently discussed at Resource Conference Cymru, this session explores all things residual waste.  Does Wales have sufficient infrastructure to handle wastes, given issues such as the impact of Brexit on waste RDF exports, and the removal of tolls on the Severn Bridges? The session will also consider how Wales’ Landfill Disposals Tax will work in practice, and whether more value can be obtained from residual waste.

Chair: Dr Cathy O'Brien, Chair CIWM Cymru

Speakers include:

  • Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, SUEZ R&R UK Ltd
  • Jenna Harris, Landfill Disposals Tax Operational Lead, Welsh Revenue Authority
  • Andrew Wilkinson, Head of Neighbourhood Services, Conwy County Borough Council

15:00 – 15:20 - Refreshments

Opportunity for networking.

15:30 – 16:15 - Workshops

An opportunity to choose between two topical workshops. The first focuses on the developing regulatory impact assessment for part 4 of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016, whilst the alternative session addresses current sector uncertainties.

Workshop A - Environment (Wales) Act 2016 Part 4

Workshop B - The ‘What If’ Challenge - Business Planning in Uncertain Times

“Gearing up for the regulations under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 Part 4 (Collection and Disposal of Waste Regulations)- best practice in segregation and separate collection from businesses”

This session will explore the practicalities of businesses and public sector bodies keeping recyclate separate at source, and how waste collection businesses can adapt to collect the materials separately, drawing upon best practice from leaders in the field.

Workshop Facilitator:
Bettina Gilbert, WRAP Cymru

This workshop addresses future planning, capacity and decision making for businesses operating in times of uncertainty, by exploring current challenges and possible solutions.

Workshop Facilitator:
Brian Mayne, Regional Director Resource Efficiency, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Workshop Summary Session

16:15 - 16:30 - Feedback and Conference Summary