Scotland’s circular economy ambitions on show at 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, taking place in Glasgow on the 28th and 29th October. 

11 Aug 14

The two-day event will feature keynote speeches from economist and writer Frances Cairncross, who was previously a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers, and Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment.   The conference will also hear from industry leaders including Viridor chief executive Ian McAulay, CIWM Chief Executive Steve Lee, and new Chair of Zero Waste Scotland, Vic Emery. 

Building a more sustainable industrial foundation for the future is the focus for the first morning, followed by afternoon breakout sessions on investment, collection innovation, and the future challenges and opportunities for organic and packaging waste. The opening session on day two will see Sandy Rodger, the lead on Project Mainstream at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, joining the Minister Richard Lochhead on the platform 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 re-manufacturing opportunities for Scotland, and breakout sessions on manufacturing innovation, energy, alternative business models and circular economics in the food and drink sector.

Organised jointly by Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Scottish Resources Conference is now in its 13th year, and is Scotland's foremost event for professionals involved in the resources industry.

Iain Gulland, Director, 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, said:

“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 recognise the achievements being made in Scotland. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner, with the presentation ceremony hosted by Grant Stott, the popular radio and television presenter.

The 2014 awards, which are open for entries until 6th September, are:

• Excellence in Resource Management (sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland)

• Best Partnership Initiative (sponsored by Valpak)

• Outstanding Contribution Award – The People’s Choice

•  Young Recycler of the Year

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