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Programme

This industry leading conference at the prestigious Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) brings unrivalled opportunities to hear experts from across the entire sustainability, resource and waste management landscape. From politicians and Government figures, to circular economy experts and Directors of Scotland’s leading blue-chip companies, choose from a wide range of inspiring topics including the circular economy, waste and resources post-Brexit, waste crime, reuse, producer responsibility, household recycling and health & safety.

Taking place over two days, with day one focusing on challenges and issues and day two on solutions and innovations, the ‘Building a Circular Economy Together’ conference will pick up on the key themes of resource management and business innovation, allowing delegates to choose from a wide range of topics that are most relevant to them.

Please click on Day 1 or Day 2 to view the programme for each day.
Then click on the session titles to view the brief and speaker details.

08:45

Registration Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition Viewing

09:30

Opening Plenary - Hosted by Sally Magnusson


Keynote 1:

Ministerial Address - Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform


Keynote 2:

Prasad Boradkar, Design Lead, Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects)

11:00

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition Viewing

11:30

Panel Debate:
Laying Down the Law:  What are the Opportunities for a New Zero Waste and Circular Economy Bill?

The Scottish Government has said it will deliver a Zero Waste and Circular Economy Bill within the life of the current Scottish Parliament.  This presents an opportunity to bring forward new laws and amend existing ones so we make transformative change to cut waste and support new economic opportunities.  It will mean more help from the Government to deal with current challenges faced by the resources sector, as well creating the conditions for longer-term change. This session will hear from a cross-section of industry experts on their ‘wish-lists’ for the new Bill.

Chair: Sally Magnusson

Panellists include:

  • Julie Hill MBE, Chair of WRAP and Associate of the Green Alliance 
  • Andy Mudd, Head of APSE Solutions
  • Terry A'Hearn, Chief Executive, SEPA

12:30

Lunch, Networking & Exhibition Viewing

 
Resources Stream
Circular Economy Stream

13:30

Taking the Lead on Raising H&S Standards

The reality behind the poor safety statistics.  What is being done to improve?  This session addresses the impact the statistics make and the initiatives that SWITCH has developed to address these.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Karen McDonnell, Head of ROSPA Scotland
  • Jim Brown, Chair of SWITCH H&S Working Group

Food waste…what food waste?

A target to reduce food waste by 33% by 2025, putting us on course to achieve the UN Sustainability Goal of 50% by 2030, increasing media scrutiny and engaged consumers means food waste reduction has never been so high on the agenda. This panel discusses the progress being made since the target was launched two years ago, whether we’re on target and what else can be done to ensure success.

Chair: Iain Clunie, Food Waste Programme Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

Speakers include:

  • Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP 
  • Chris Knell, Community Food Connection Programme Manager, Tesco
  • Eleanor Strain, Senior Policy Officer, SEPA
  • Ken Maclean, General Manager, Changeworks Recycling

14:30

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition Viewing

 
Resources Stream
Circular Economy Stream

15:00

Collaborating to Reduce Litter

This session will look at how groups are successfully working together through Community Litter Prevention Action Plans to deliver the Scottish Government’s National Litter Strategy, 'Towards A Litter-Free Scotland', and reduce the £53 million of public money spent on tackling these issues.

Chair: David Barnes, Litter and Fly-Tipping Programme Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

Speakers include:

  • Zsuzsa Farrell, Leithers' Don't Litter
  • Carole Noble, Operations Director, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Community Benefits and Social Inclusion

The continued evolution of the sector creates a diverse range of opportunities for employment, training and social improvement across society. In this session we learn about some of those initiatives and the real benefits they provide.

Speakers include:

  • Alan Burns, Production & Services Manager, HMP Low Moss
  • Donna McArdle, Co-Director, The Real Junk Food Project, Edinburgh
  • Sophie Unwin, Founding Director, Remade in Edinburgh
  • Terry McDonald, Executive Director, St Vincent de Paul

16:00

Closing Plenary

16:30

Networking and Drinks Reception

Make the most of this key networking opportunity by staying behind for a complimentary drink immediately after day one of the conference closes.

08:45

Registration Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition Viewing

09:30

Opening Plenary - Hosted by Sally Magnusson


Keynote 1:

Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, M&S


Keynote 2:

Bea Johnson, Founder of the Zero Waste Lifestyle Movement

11:00

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition Viewing

11:30

Circular Excellence

The circular economy is gaining momentum because it makes good business sense. We welcome some of the world's most successful adopters of circular innovation as they discuss the opportunities, what they're doing, and their vision for the future.

Speakers include:

  • Sofie Rogers, Regional Sustainability Developer (North & Scotland), IKEA UK & Ireland Ltd
  • Ben Thomas, Sustainability Manager, John Lewis
  • Michael Alexander, Head of Water, Environment, Agriculture Sustainability, Diageo

12:30

Lunch, Networking & Exhibition Viewing

 
Resources Stream
Circular Economy Stream

13:30

The Future of Managing Resources

Local Authorities continue to feel the squeeze with a requirement to provide improved services on decreasing budgets. This session considers what can be done to drive the circular economy and maximise resource recovery in the current climate through initiatives  such as outsourcing and shared/joint service delivery. Without change to current practice will the industry end up being a public health concern?

Chair: Professor Margaret Bates, CIWM President

Speakers include:

  • Craig Hatton, Executive Director of Place, North Ayrshire Council
  • Ross Spalding, Fife Resource Efficient Solutions
  • Mike Dunn, Director, Iona Capital

Collaboration – The Glue in the Circular Economy

Businesses will discuss their organisations and the value of collaboration in achieving their goals in a circular economy.

Chair: Rebecca Walker, Waste and Landfill Tax Manager National Operations, SEPA

Speakers:

  • Dr Ryan Taylor, CSO, CuanTec Ltd
  • Alastair McLeod, CEO, Veracity
  • Dr Judith Huggan, Business Development Manager, IBioIC
  • Lieke van Kerkhoven, Co-Founder, FLOOW2Healthcare

14:30

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition Viewing

 
Resources Stream
Circular Economy Stream

15:00

Providing Quality Used Furniture to Scottish Welfare Fund Customers

By bringing together multiple accredited reuse organisations, the CRNS Reuse Consortium enables local authorities in Scotland to offer quality reused furniture to Scottish Welfare Fund customers. Find out why the consortium has been described as the best thing to happen to social enterprises in decades.

Chair: David Wood, Chief Executive Officer, CRNS

Speakers include:

  • Alison Brown, Reuse Consortium Co-ordinator, CRNS
  • Debbie Finlayson, General Manager, Furniture Plus
  • Fife Council Speaker TBC

The Innovation Zone

Innovative design of products, services and business models are the heart of a circular economy. The panel discusses their case studies and share their experience of the challenges and opportunities.

Speakers include:

  • Michael Groves. Co-founder and CEO, Topolytics
  • Professor Irene McAra McWilliam, Head of the School of Design & Director of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art
  • George Giles, Head of Environmental Power at Siemens
  • Nick Cliffe, Innovation Lead - Manufacturing & Materials, Innovate UK

16:00

Closing Plenary

Contact us

Delegate Places and Award Entries: Email victoria.knight@ciwm.co.uk or call 01604 823342

Exhibition, Sponsorship and Dinner Places: Email ginny.hunter@ciwm.co.uk or call 01604 823346

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