Stepping up to the climate emergency: Explore the programme

We’ve declared a climate emergency…now what?

Join us at this year’s Resourcing the Future Conference as we explore the readiness of the resources and waste industry to be a climate crisis responder.

Day 1

08:45 – 09:30 - Registration

09.30 – 11.00 - Climate emergency first responders

This year's conference will open with a panel of thought-provoking speakers who will scope out where we, as a sector, are in tackling the climate emergency, and provide an outline of the context surrounding current and upcoming policy. They'll also explore a different view of how the sector can play a part in stepping up to the climate emergency.             

Chair - Dr. Adam Read, CIWM President and External Affairs Director, SUEZ

Keynote address - Mark Shayler, Founder, Green Ape

Industry keynote - Julie Hill, Chair, WRAP

Defra keynote - Jo Churchill, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Agri-Innovation and Climate Adaptation), Defra

11:00 – 11:30  - Break

An opportunity for refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing.

11:30 – 13:00 – Moving up the Hierarchy 

In this session, a series of case studies and examples will bring you up to date on how reuse can, and is, being successfully implemented in a range of different settings. Discussions will explore the traditional waste hierarchy by applying a modern perspective to the possible applications of reuse.

Chair - Dr. Adam Read, CIWM President and External Affairs Director, SUEZ

Reuse Case Study -  Rebecca Trevalyan, Co-Founder and Partnerships Director, Library of Things
Returnable Packaging Case Study - Sarah Greenwood, Packaging Techology Expert/Leader, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures
Circular Economy Business Model - Lessons from WasteAid's International programmes - Michelle Wilson, Circular Economy Network Director, WasteAid 
Industrialised Reuse - Matthias Hochholze, Managing Director and Gavin Shepherd, AST Plastics

13:00 - 14:00 – Lunch

Break for lunch - with opportunities for networking and exhibition viewing

14:00 – 15:30 – Where next for producer responsibility? 

You'll hear from experts across the sector about the latest technologies being trialled to bring DRS into the 21st Century and how producer responsibility has much broader horizons than packaging alone. You'll also learn how the Scheme Administration of the packaging system could be a blueprint for administration of other responsibility strands.

Chair - Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP

The Resource Sectors Role in PR - John Twitchen, Founder, Stuff4Life
Learnings from Digital DRS Dublin Trial - Liam Dunne, MRF General Manager, Irish Packaging Recycling 
How Scheme Administration in the UK Could Work - Paul Vanston, CEO, INCPEN

15:30 – 16:00 - Break

An opportunity for refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing.

16:00 – 17:20 – The changing landscape of municipal collections

Join us as we explore household and business waste collections, and how changes in waste policy will shape them in the future, through a round of case studies and informed views on the current, and continued, evolution of the municipal sector.

Chair - Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP

Case Study - Implementing Business Waste Collections, Liz Mockeridge, Waste Strategy and Technical Support Lead, Guildford Borough Council
Case Study - Delivering Change Through Food Waste Collections - Emma Hallett, Team Manager - Collaborative Change Programme, Wrap Cymru
Beyond Core Materials - Plastic Films - Gareth Morton, Discovery Manager, Ecosurety Ltd

17:30 – 18:30 - Conference Networking Drinks Reception

An opportunity for refreshments and networking

Day 2

08:45 – 09:30 - Registration

09:30 – 11:00 - Policies for resource efficiency 

The first session of day two will bring you engaging presentations on innovation in resource use and capture to feed you imagination, as well as an exchange of views on how both policy, oversight and taxation can be positive drivers for increased resource use.

Chair and Welcome - Paul Vanston, CEO, INCPEN

How Taxation and Policy Aids Resource Efficiency - Kate Young, Senior Public Affairs Officer, Aldersgate Group
CE Research and Levelling Up - Claire Shrewsbury, Director Insights and Innovation, WRAP
Impact and involvement of Criminality - Phil Davies, Joint Unit Waste Crime, Environment Agency

11:00 – 11:30 - Break

An opportunity for refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing.

11:30 – 13:00 - How to get the citizen (as a first responder) onboard

Join us as we examine what role the waste and resources sector plays in influencing citizens to do the right thing and take action against climate change. With a mix of case studies and key insight from industry experts in the world of communications, you'll discover how, and who, to message and how distinct communications land with different segments of the population. 

Chair - Paul Vanston, CEO, INCPEN

Case Study - Communications in the Insta World - Sarah Divall, Creative Partner, Hubbub
Behavioural Tools and Interventions - David Hall, Founder and Executive Director, Behaviour Change
How to Get People to Buy Less Stuff - Charlotte Morley, Founder, The Little Loop
Youth View of Rubbish - William Awomoyi, UK Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth, The British Youth Council

13:00 – 14:00  - Lunch

Break for lunch - with opportunities for networking and exhibition viewing

14:00 – 15:45  - Panel debate 

With representation from across the sector, you'll hear the views of thought leaders on where we, as an industry, are and, importantly, where we need to be. You'll also have the opportunity to pose your tough and topical questions to the panellists as we put them on the spot in our interactive panel debate.

How well placed is the resources and waste industry to be a climate emergency responder?
We round up the conference by posing this ultimate question. With opinions and insight from leaders and experts across the sector, we'll conclude the day with a thorough discussion on how well we, as an industry, are positioned to respond to the climate crisis.


Welcome and Chair - Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, ESA

Dr Anna Willetts, CIWM Senior Vice-President
Gary Bower, Director of Corporate Stewardship, Augean
Sophie Walker, CEO and Co-Founder, Dsposal 
Professor Margaret Bates, Executive Director, OPRL Ltd

15:45 – 15:50 - Closing remarks

Closing remarks from panel chair             

Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, ESA