Key Points
  • The Economic, Environmental and Social Impact of Food Waste
  • The Business Case for a System Wide Adoption of Resource Efficiency
  • The role of Government Engagement and Incentives to Enable a System Wide Change
Guest of Honour

Dr Peter Maddox Director of Government Programmes, WRAP

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Overview
This forum will consider the future policy priorities to ensure the UK is moving towards a zero-waste society through innovation and incentives for businesses to adopt resource efficiency. Delegates will participate in discussions about reducing food waste, the value of resource efficiency to the bottom line of UK businesses and the role both central and local government intervention can play in supporting businesses shift to circular business models.

Food and Drink & the Bio-Economy

Sessions will look at the outcomes and recommendations of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s recently concluded Food Waste Inquiry; Meeting the Courtauld 2025 Commitment and the effectiveness of existing voluntary initiatives to reduce food waste; best practice from supermarkets and food businesses; the role of awareness campaigns and third sector initiatives and how a change in farming practices could result in less food waste.

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The Economic Value of Waste

Delegates will explore the economic opportunities and barriers for businesses of improving resource efficiency; the benefits of adopting eco-design standards and designing out waste; what support businesses need to stay compliant with existing rules; how businesses can begin to use resources in a closed loop and best practice from industries who have already begun to adopt circular economic principles.

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Government support to encourage Resource Efficiency

The morning will also provide an opportunity to consider how the UK Government can embed resource efficiency into the Industrial Strategy and how it can set an example through its own procurement; lessons to be learned from the Scottish Government’s 2016 strategy: ‘Making Things Last: A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland’; what fiscal incentives and expertise the Government could make available to encourage the number and purchases of resource efficient products; and the role of local government in reducing waste and support innovative businesses who are promoting resource efficiency.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

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Baroness Neville-Rolfe

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09:05 - 09:35
Resource Efficiency and the UK Economy

 

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Dr Peter Maddox Director of Government Programmes, WRAP

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09:35 - 10:35
Food and Drink & the Bio-Economy - The Economic, Environmental and Social Impact of Food Waste

 
  • Following the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s Food Waste report published at the end of April what should the priorities of the new government be to reduce food waste?
  • How likely is the Committee’s recommendation that a national food waste reduction target should be set likely to be put in place?
  • Wrap’s Coultard 2020 commitment is just one voluntary initiative to reduce food waste, how effective are existing voluntary initiatives in England and is there a need for legislation?
  • To what extent should supermarkets be mandated to report their food waste figures and relax rules regarding the sale of ‘wonky vegetables’?
  • How can local authorities better collaborate with business, schools and other organisations to reduce food waste and how can best practice be most effectively shared? What role is their for awareness campaigns?
  • What assistance would food business and retailers need to be able to separate all of their food waste?
  • What are the comparative approaches to reducing and managing food waste in the devolved nations, and across Europe?
  • Which farming practices can be changed to ensure less food is wasted and what incentives do farmers need for this?

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Peter Melchett Policy Director, The Soil Association

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John Twitchen Head of Cities and Communities, PCSG

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Tom Rumboll Commerical Director, Company Shop

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Charlotte Morton Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association

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10:35 - 10:40
Chair’s Closing Comments

 

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Baroness Neville-Rolfe

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10:40 - 11:05
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:05 - 11:10
Chair’s Welcome Back

 

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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Defra Minister, House of Lords

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11:10 - 12:10
The Economic Value of Waste - The Business Case for a System Wide Adoption of Resource Efficiency

 
  • What are the barriers for businesses changing mindset and adopting circular business models?
  • To what extent do business need support to be compliant with existing resource efficiency rules?
  • How can those responsible for product development within companies’ best adopt the practice of designing out waste?
  • In what ways can industry be incentivised to provide lower impact products more efficiently in construction, textiles, household waste and manufacturing? - How can the value from construction and energy waste be maximised?
  • How can the benefits to businesses bottom line of the re-use of secondary materials and using resources in a closed loop system be promoted to turn waste streams into new sources of revenue?
  • To what extent can UK businesses increase their competitiveness through adopting resource efficient practices and how far is this likely to translate to wider macroeconomic benefits?


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

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David Fatscher Head of Market Development – Sustainability & Energy, BSI

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Susanne Baker Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance, techUK

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12:10 - 12:55
Reuse, Remanufacture and Resource Efficiency - The role of Government Engagement and Incentives to Enable a System Wide Change

 
  • What can the rest of 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?
  •  What is the likely impact of Brexit on UK resource efficiency standards given that we will cease to be a part of the EU’s Circular Economy Package?
  • What fiscal incentives, policy support and information can Government provide to promote resource efficient products and ensure all businesses have access to funding and knowledge that would assist their resource efficiency?
  • What opportunities are there for Government and the private sector to collaborate to embed resource productivity thinking in the Industrial Strategy?
  • What can the Government do to encourage individuals to re-use and recycle rather than discard for example through information and labelling?
  • What should be the role of local government in reducing waste in their locales and how far do they have the capacity considering tight budget constraints to support local businesses?
  • To what extent is Government leading by example and promoting the circular economy through its own procurement?

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Nick Cliffe Innovation Lead for Advanced Materials, Innovate UK

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Alex Forrest Senior Consultant, Eunomia

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s and Policy-UK’s Thanks

 

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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Defra Minister, House of Lords

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End

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Susanne Baker Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance, techUK

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Nick Cliffe Innovation Lead for Advanced Materials, Innovate UK

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David Fatscher Head of Market Development – Sustainability & Energy, BSI

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Alex Forrest Senior Consultant, Eunomia

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Dr Peter Maddox Director of Government Programmes, WRAP

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Charlotte Morton Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association

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Baroness Neville-Rolfe

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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Defra Minister, House of Lords

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Tom Rumboll Commerical Director, Company Shop

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

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John Twitchen Head of Cities and Communities, PCSG

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Peter Melchett Policy Director, The Soil Association

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Venue details

Royal Society of Chemistry Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA.

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