Resource Use

New Circular Economy Connect event launching at RWM

A new event that aims to provide businesses with tools to develop closed loop strategies is to be launched at this year’s RWM in partnership with CIWM conference (16-18 September).

‘Circular Economy Connect’ will include a new theatre, the Circular Economy Connect Theatre, as well as daily workshops, hospitality suites and networking zones, to help businesses ‘network, share ideas and find new resource management solutions as they work towards a more circular economy’.

Launched on the back of RWM customer feedback, Circular Economy Connect will address the key barriers to and successes in the uptake of the circular economy.

Speakers already confirmed to present at the Circular Economy Connect Theatre include environmentalist Walter Stahel, who coined the term ‘circular economy’ and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most eminent leaders on the topic, as well as representatives from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), Rolls Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Hewlett Packard and Dell.

Sessions hosted by the London College of Fashion and Marks & Spencer will also address closing theloop on clothing and exploring social incentivisation for consumers to adopt sustainable practices.

Waste management firm SITA has today (9 June) been confirmed as a Gold Sponsor and will be hosting one of the new hospitality suites and delivering key educational workshops throughout the show.

‘Forming the alliances that are needed to successfully drive the circular economy’

Speaking of the new event, Sarah Porter, Divisional Director for the Environment Events at i2i (which delivers RWM in partnership with CIWM), said: “We’re delighted to be announcing Circular Economy Connect at a key time when people from every sector need to work together to reduce waste production and find better solutions and strategies to help generate the much desired circular economy.”

Gev Eduljee, Director of External Affairs at SITA, added: “Partnership working within each supply chain and across the public and private sectors will be essential if we are to reap the benefits of improved resource efficiency. 

“RWM 2014 and Circular Economy Connect provide an excellent incubator for exhibitors and conference-goers alike to share experiences and form the collaborations and alliances that are needed to successfully drive the circular economy. The event provides our sector with a valuable opportunity to help find solutions to the resource management challenges we face, and I very much look forward to attending." 


The news of the new event has been welcomed by members of the waste and resources industry, with Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive of the Resource Association (which is also partnering the event), commenting: “I am delighted to see the development of Circular Economy Connect as a natural evolution of the RWM show. 

“As momentum builds around the idea of the circular economy and increasingly the practicalities of ‘going circular’, this forum and space will be important and become an essential part of the RWM experience. I’m looking forward to joining the conversation!” 

Other partnering organisations include the Environmental Services Association (ESA), Zero Waste Scotland, the British Retail Consortium, and Green Alliance.   

RWM 2014

RWM in partnership with CIWM, dedicated to finding resource and waste management solutions, takes place from 16 to18 September 2014 at the NEC Birmingham (halls 4 to 5).

The event is the result of the merger of the i2i Events Group’s (formerly Emap), the RWM exhibition, and CIWM and ESA’s Futuresource show.

It is co-located with The Water Event, The Energy Event and The Renewables Event, all taking place on 16 and 17 September 2014 in hall 3.

Find out more about Circular Economy Connect or RWM in partnership with CIWM.