04 March 2020
Press Statement

INCPEN partners with Resourcing the Future Conference as 2020 theme focuses on Resources, Responsibility and Resilience

The Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment (INCPEN) has joined forces with the resources and waste sector’s partnership conference, Resourcing the Future (RtF), for the 2020 event.

The flagship conference returns this year on 9 & 10th June in London and will deliver an unmissable opportunity to assess and understand the key issues that are shaping the debate around resources and waste and the circular economy.

The theme for this year’s conference is Resources, Responsibility and Resilience: working together for a world beyond waste. Over the two days, it will explore a range of issues including the contribution that sustainable resources and waste management can make to building a more circular economy and achieving the UK’s net zero ambitions, how the concept of ‘responsibility’ –  in the context of producers, the supply chain and consumers – is influencing policy thinking and behaviour, and the role of the sector in increasing the resilience of the UK economy as a whole through the clean growth agenda. Other topics will include how the sector develops its ‘climate emergency’ response, tackling the ‘single use’ challenge and creating compelling communications messages.

INCPEN is already working with conference partners (CIWM, ESA and WRAP) to create an agenda-setting programme packed with thought leaders from the private and public resources and waste sector, the retail and packaging sectors and UK plc, as well as government and academia.

Commenting on INCPEN’s involvement this year, CEO Paul Vanston said:

“We are cementing the existing brilliant relationship between CIWM and INCPEN through a formal collaboration on the RtF 2020 conference and working alongside our friends at the ESA and WRAP.  

“This collaboration, at this important time, is a big signal of the need for joint work across all our sectors to build resilience and strength UK-wide. It’s within our abilities to reshape our valuable recycling and waste systems so that everyone can be winners – manufacturers, brands, retailers, reprocessors, recyclers, councils, waste management companies, citizens and, most importantly, our planet.”

CIWM’s CEO, Sarah Poulter added:

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with INCPEN for RtF 2020, one of the most important resources events of the year. With Scotland hosting COP26, there has never been a more important – and relevant – time to debate and influence the UK’s resource policy agenda and explore the contribution that the sector can make to driving circular economic thinking forward and creating a world beyond waste.”

For more information on RtF 2020 click here.


Notes to Editors:

  1. CIWM: CIWM is the leading professional body for the resource and waste management sector representing around 5,700 individuals in the UK, Ireland and overseas. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues. More information can be found at www.ciwm.co.uk
  2. The Environmental Services Association (ESA) is the trade association representing the UK’s resource and waste management industry, which is transforming the way the country’s waste is managed. The sector achieves a total turnover in excess of £11 billion and directly employs more than 106,000 people in the UK. Each year the resources and waste sector handles 27 million tonnes of municipal waste and generates, through energy recovery from residual waste, around 3.5% of the UK’s electricity – most of which is generated from renewable feedstock. Since 1990, the sector has also managed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 70%. For further details please visit www.esauk.org
  3. WRAP is a not for profit organisation founded in 2000 which works with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which we source and use resources sustainably. Our impact spans the entire lifecycle of the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the products we buy, from production to consumption and beyond. www.wrap.org.uk
  4. INCPEN: The Industry Council comprises manufacturers, retailers, brands, and recyclers with a collective turnover of £6billion in the UK and supporting employment in all four UK nations. INCPEN works with all sectors, including local authorities and waste management companies, to create better outcomes for packaging and the environment. INCPEN works to ensure better understanding of the role & value of packaging in reducing climate change and food waste impacts.

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