Resource Use

Circular economy theme for the Scottish Resources Conference 2014

The role of ‘innovation, leadership and policy’ in creating a sustainable circular economy in Scotland will be the overarching theme at this year’s Scottish Resources Conference (28-29 October).

Organised by Zero Waste Scotland, which delivers the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan, and waste accreditation body the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the two-day event is designed to keep those in the waste and resources industry informed of the issues facing the Scottish resources sector. 

The conference, which will celebrate its 13th anniversary this year, will feature keynote speeches from economist and writer Frances Cairncross (previously a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers), and Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment. Delegates will also hear from Viridor’s Chief Executive Ian McAuley, CIWM Chief Executive Steve Lee, and the new Chair of Zero Waste Scotland, Vic Emery.

The first morning kicks off with a session titled: ‘Industry innovation and change: how can Scotland develop a sustainable green economy?’ which looks at how Scotland’s industrial base has changed over the last 30 years and how a more sustainable industrial foundation could be built. The afternoon will see breakout sessions on investment, collection innovation, and ‘the future challenges and opportunities’ for organic and packaging waste.

On day two the opening session will see Sandy Rodger, the lead on Project Mainstream at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, joining Minister Lochhead to explore how Scottish Government and its partners are supporting and enabling the move towards a more circular economy.  This is followed by a panel debate on the manufacturing and remanufacturing opportunities for Scotland, and breakout sessions on manufacturing innovation, energy, alternative business models, and circular economics in the food and drink sector.

‘Scotland has an ambitious vision’

Iain Gulland, Director for Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Scotland has an ambitious vision to be a leading nation in progressing towards a more circular economy, and this year’s event will offer a great opportunity to showcase what we’ve already achieved, as well as looking to the future and making plans to improve.

“We’ve got a great line-up of expert presenters from Scotland and further afield, and I look forward to coming together with the industry to help drive forward the circular economy agenda.”

Linda Ovens, Chair of CIWM Scotland Centre, added: “With the publication recently of the European Commission’s Circular Economy proposals, and its ambitions for higher recycling targets and further curbs on landfill, this conference will bring all the stakeholders together to map the exciting opportunities ahead.”

The event also plays host to the Scottish Resource Awards, which will see the winners of the Excellence in Resource Management; Best Partnership Initiative; Outstanding Contribution Award – The People’s Choice; and Young Recycler of the Year announced.

The awards dinner will be hosted by radio and television presenter Grant Stott.

Find out more about the Scottish Resources Conference.