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Scottish Resources Conference 2017: one week to go

With just one week to go until Scotland’s leading circular economy event, resource management and circular economy professionals are urged to make sure they’re part of the conversation.

18 Sep 17

With just one week to go (Wednesday 20 September) until Scotland’s leading circular economy event sees industry experts, decision-makers, entrepreneurs and investors come together in Edinburgh, resource management and circular economy professionals are urged to make sure they’re part of the conversation.

Now in its 16th year, the Scottish Resources Conference 2017 will boast a stellar speakers’ line-up of Prasad Boradkar, a Design Lead at global internet giant Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group; Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer; and Bea Johnson, founder of the Zero Waste Lifestyle Movement, when it takes place on 27 to 28 September.

The ministerial address will be delivered by Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham. Ms Cunningham is expected to outline Scottish Government work and priorities around the circular economy and tackling food waste.

The conference will also generate up to the minute topical discussion on some of the biggest challenges and developments of the circular economy to date – including accelerating actions to reduce food waste, embedding reuse to help improve social inclusion opportunities, and how can business help influence consumer behaviour for better environmental outcomes.

The conference will also act as a platform for circular economy innovation, with design and innovation leads from Glasgow School of Art, Innovate UK and Siemens joining entrepreneurs for a panel discussion, as well as an exhibition area showcasing the latest emerging circular economy technology and business models.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“The Scottish Resources Conference is the premier circular economy event in Scotland, and one that no business or organisation with an interest in keeping up to date with emerging trends and future-proofing their operations, will want to miss.

“Scotland’s reputation as a leading circular economy nation is one we are determined to keep – and with developments like a deposit return system for Scotland, and transformative investment in revolutionary circular economy ideas, the Scottish Resources Conference is a vital forum for those at any stage of their circular economy journey to make their voices heard.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“The Scottish Resources Conference is the premier circular economy event in Scotland, and one that no business or organisation with an interest in keeping up to date with emerging trends and future-proofing their operations, will want to miss.

“Scotland’s reputation as a leading circular economy nation is one we are determined to keep – and with developments like a deposit return system for Scotland, and transformative investment in revolutionary circular economy ideas, the Scottish Resources Conference is a vital forum for those at any stage of their circular economy journey to make their voices heard.”

Dr Nicki Souter, Chair of the CIWM Scotland Centre, said:

“Delivering a more circular economy is all about partnership working and supply chain collaboration. The Scottish Resources Conference is the ideal forum where public, private and third sector professionals can come together to explore the opportunities for innovation and we look forward to plenty of healthy debate, knowledge sharing, and insight from some leading experts in the field.

Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive, SEPA, said:

“The most prosperous businesses in the 21st century will quickly recognise that profitability is linked directly to the need for a truly circular economy. The Scottish Resources Conference is not only a forum for the exchange of ideas, it’s a platform for demonstrating the importance of environmental innovation and the opportunities it can present for resource efficiency.”

To view the full programme, and to book, visit www.scottish-resources.com

Notes For Editors

About Zero Waste Scotland

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • Zero Waste Scotland launched the Resource Efficient Scotland programme in 2013 to help small to medium sized businesses and organisations save money and energy by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the European Structural Funds Programme and the Scottish Government. Find out more at http://www.resourceefficientscotland.org.uk/
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.

    About CIWM

    CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) is the leading professional body for the resource and waste management sector representing around 6,000 individuals in the UK and overseas.

    Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues.

    More information can be found at www.ciwm.co.uk   

    About SEPA

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, protecting and improving Scotland’s environment. Our role is to ensure that the environment and human health are protected, that Scotland’s natural resources and services are used as sustainably as possible and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

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