Industry leaders from the automotive, retail, construction, IT and other key sectors will join other influencers from across the resource management spectrum to share their vision, experiences and methodologies at the inaugural Circular Economy Connect zone.
This event takes place at RWM in Partnership with CIWM (Resource Efficiency and Waste Management) from 16 to 18 September, at the NEC Birmingham.
The latest high profile names adding their support to the event include Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Ocado, Dr Kirstie McIntyre, director of social environmental responsibility at Hewlett Packard, Nigel Marsh, global head of environment at Rolls-Royce and Walter Stahel, founder-director of the Product-Life Institute.
John Hutton, head of sustainability at BAM Nuttall Ltd and James Walker, group head of innovation at Kingfisher will also be speaking.
Day two of the Circular Economy Connect will feature a dedicated CEO panel sharing their strategic viewpoints. Leading by example, panellists will pose the questions ‘How are waste management specialists driving the circular cause, and what more needs to be done to support businesses?’
Walter Stahel, Product-Life Institute – “In a performance economy, the most profitable and sustainable form of the circular economy, the point of sale is transformed into a point of service, selling goods as service”
The panel comprises Steve Lee, chief executive officer at CIWM, Ian McAulay, CEO at Viridor, David Palmer-Jones, CEO at SITA, Ian Wakelin, CEO at Biffa and Iain Gulland, director at Zero Waste Scotland.
Walter Stahel, from the Product-Life Institute, who will open the debate on day two, said attendance at Circular Economy Connect was essential for understanding how to leverage new opportunities currently presenting themselves in the industry.
Stahel said: “In a performance economy, the most profitable and sustainable form of the circular economy, the point of sale is transformed into a point of service, selling goods as service. The ownership of goods and their embodied resources are retained by manufacturers and fleet managers – the focus is on function, drivers include economic incentives to prevent losses and waste in order to increase competitiveness. A number of new opportunities are opening up for the former waste managers, such as service providers to fleet managers.
“For the foreseeable future, all three forms of an economy will continue in parallel with each other, giving resource managers the choice to form their own strategy. Attendance at Circular Economy Connect is essential for understanding how to leverage these opportunities,” added Stahel.
Further information about Circular Economy Connect, including the programme and speakers can be found at: circular-economy-connect.com