Resource Use

Tom Heap announced as Resourcing the Future Conference keynote speaker

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has confirmed Tom Heap as the keynote speaker for the second day of the Resourcing the Future Conference.

Taking place later this month, freelance broadcaster and journalist Heap will deliver the presentation to an audience of professionals from across the waste and resource management sectors.

Tom HeapHeap is known for creating and presenting BBC Radio’s flagship climate change podcast, ‘39 Ways to Save the Planet’, which was produced in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society and explores potential means through which to relieve the stress exerted by global heating. Heap has also made several BBC Panorama documentaries on food, energy, and the environment, as well as hosting BBC Radio 4’s regular environment series, ‘Costing the Earth’.

Beyond the announcement of Heap as speaker, CIWM has also revealed that this year’s conference will be free to attend for all delegates. The institute states that it is keen to ensure that ‘financial pressures do not stand in the way of progress to a world beyond waste’ and that removing the conference’s fiscal barrier should ensure equal access to the sharing of collective knowledge and expertise that is ‘critical to meeting global targets and delivering vital initiatives’. CIWM has confirmed that those who have already paid will be refunded.

CIWM has also confirmed that the Resourcing the Future Conference will take place as a hybrid event this year, meaning that delegates can choose to attend in-person or join online. The exposition will explore how the role of the waste and resource management sectors has shifted from ‘essential service’ to ‘critical solution’ in the delivery of circularity and net-zero – it will traverse the environmental and political changes that are impacting the industry, outlining the roadmap towards a ‘world beyond waste.’

The Resourcing the Future Conference will take place 20-21 October at One Great George Street, London.

Tom Heap said of the keynote presentation: “I’m looking forward to sharing some of the insights gained from making ‘39 Ways’ and discussing how the waste and resource management sector can be increasingly proactive in decarbonising the planet. I also want to tell the audience why I’m hopeful for the environment and why I believe a number of factors have aligned to give the potential for real change as we rebuild from the pandemic and move towards COP 26 later in the year.”

Sarah Poulter, CEO of CIWM, commented:  “As a not-for-profit professional body, we must achieve a balance between generating funding from activities and investing back in valuable initiatives to support members and achieve our purpose. RTF, with its change focused agenda, will add essential value for members and our sector in what are uncertain and challenging times, and contribute to our purpose, to move the world beyond waste. Hence, we are investing to make RTF accessible to all.”