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Stewart to speak at CEP-focused Resourcing the Future

This year the annual Resourcing the Future conference will focus on the effect of the EU Circular Economy Package (CEP) on the UK waste and resource management industry.

The two-day event, organised by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the Resource Association (RA), will begin in London on 14 June.

The conference will cover strategic and practical implications of the CEP for the UK.  The keynote address will be given by Rory Stewart, Resource and Environmental Management Minister. The conference will also be interactive, with a conference application, which will allow delegates to network, vote and submit questions during the debates.

Resourcing the Future

The first debate, chaired by James Murray, Editor of Business Green, will examine what the EU Circular Economy Action Plan can deliver.

Debate panellists will include Dr Keiran Mayers, Head of Environment and Technology Compliance for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Jacob Simonsen, Vice-president of Municipal Waste Europe, Joan Marc Simon, Director of Zero Waste Europe and Ian McAulay, Chief Executive of Viridor.

Other session topics include the tools and incentives needed to drive a change in behaviour and performance, the future role of Producer Responsibility, economic incentives, collection consistency and food waste.

The conference, which will take place one week before the European referendum, will close on a debate on the importance of EU membership on UK policy and legislation and how the industry can prepare itself in the event of the UK leaving the EU. Panellists present for this debate will include Joan Walley, Chair of the Aldersgate Group, David Palmer-Jones, CEO of SUEZ UK and President of FEAD and Angus Evers, Partner at law firm King & Wood Mallesons.

CEP will “shape our industry for the next decade and more”

CIWM chief executive Steve Lee commented: “The UK Government has set out its desired option of remaining in Europe and if the referendum result supports this, the EU Circular Economy package will shape our industry for the next decade and more.

“With important changes being proposed, including higher recycling and landfill diversion targets, new Extended Producer Responsibility scheme requirements, and a stronger focus on biowaste, this event provides a chance to explore what the package means for the UK and how we can work collectively to deliver on its ambitions.”