Key Points
  • The Economic Value of Waste - Delegates and speakers will explore potential for collaboration between government and business to pursue a different way of working using innovation and new technology to achieve the joint aims of improving our environment and preventing the value from leaking from the economy through waste. The panel will consider the potential economic value of resources contained in waste, the barriers to circular business models as well as the environmental benefits of designing products to reduce, re-use and remanufacture.
  • Food and Drink & the Bio-Economy - The forum will examine the environmental and social impacts of food waste and ways that the industry and government can minimise this as well as make significant savings every year. The session will consider improving efficiency through less waste and packaging and will explore options for turning food that is wasted into energy through anaerobic digestion.
  • Reuse, Remanufacture and Resource Efficiency - Final sessions will analyse methods such as increasing local authority engagement in recycling to decrease waste and increase reuse as well exploring how industry can be incentivised to provide lower impact products more efficiently in construction, textiles, household waste and manufacturing. This will include a discussion of what incentives the Government can implement to ensure that businesses work together maximise the value of resources.
Guest of Honour

Neil Parish MP Chair, The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

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Overview

The forum will consider the future for policy priorities to ensure the UK is moving towards a zero-waste society through innovation and incentives for businesses to adopt a Circular business model. It will allow delegates to participate in a discussion of how we can stop the value leaking from the economy through reuse, remanufacture and resource efficiency as well as to reduce environmentally harmful waste.

The forum will explore the economic opportunities in creating a circular economy and is set to discuss the recommendations coming from the recently concluded Food Waste Inquiry made by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Sessions will explore ways in which the 8 million tonnes of food worth £16 billion can be avoided from being wasted and the potential for creating more energy from waste through methods such as anaerobic digestion. Further sessions will consider what the UK can learn from Scotland's 2016 strategy Making Things Last: A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland which highlighted the need to implement a circular approach in key sectors such as Energy, Electricals Food and Drink, Household Waste, Construction and manufacturing.


Speakers

Neil Parish MP Chair, The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

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Simon Sturgis Chair, Royal Institute of British Architects Sustainable Future Group

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Tom MacMillan Director of Innovation, The Soil Association

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Venue details

Central London


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