Resource Recovery from Waste Annual Conference 2017

Making the Business Case for Resource Recovery

22nd November 2017, Cloth Hall Court, Leeds

The successful implementation of ideas, frameworks and technologies for resource recovery from waste will require the formulation of strong business cases for a variety of actors in industry and government. What are the key elements of business cases for these actors? How can business cases integrate environmental and social as well as technical and economic costs and benefits? What do business cases for resource recovery look like, what can we learn from successful examples?

This year’s conference strives to present both conceptual ideas and practical experiences on the formulation of business cases for resource recovery as part of the circular economy.

Schedule ¦ Dates ¦ Directions ¦ Registration ¦ Contact

Preliminary Schedule

This schedule will be updated as the programme is confirmed.

Time (hrs) Item
9.00 – 9.30 Arrival and registration
9.30 – 9.40 Welcome by conference chair
9.40 – 10.10 Keynote: David Fatscher, British Standards Institution. The first global circular business model standard BS8001.
10.10 – 10.40 Keynote: Prof Jan Jonker, Radboud University. Circular Economy: the quest for a changing focus in value creation in industry and government.
10.40 – 11.00 Refreshment break
11.00 – 11.30 Keynote: Prof Phil Purnell, University of Leeds. On a voyage of recovery: a preliminary review of the UK’s resource recovery from waste infrastructure.
11.30 – 12.00 Keynote: Dr Ian Archer, Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC). Biorefining Potential for Scotland – and opportunities for everywhere else!
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch and networking
13.00 – 14.00 Specialist sessions and discussions

I. Creating value from wastes in the bioeconomy

  • Converting waste CO2 to valuable chemical compounds: Another way of CO2 recycling. Shahid Rasul, Newcastle University.
  • Adding Value to Ash and Digestate (AVAnD): From the Glasshouse to the Field, Technical Challenges and Commercial Opportunities. Rachel Marshall and Alfonso Jose Lag-Brotons, Lancaster University.
  • Carbon pricing for the circular economy. David Newman, BBIA.

II. Recovering materials from mine legacy landfills

  • Metal recovery and recycling by urban mining. Jason Love, University of Edinburgh.
  • Metal-mine waste bioleaching and selective precipitation of target metals. Carmen Falagan Bangor University.
  • Challenges and Potential Solutions in Resource Recovery from Mine and Industrial Wastes. Devin Sapsford, Cardiff University.

III. New sustainability assessments and models

  • Catalytic upgrading of heavy and pyrolysis oils: how Life Cycle Analysis can be affected comparing fossil and renewable resources? Sophie Archer and Lynne Macaskie, University of Birmingham
  • Decision-making and business model innovation for sustainability. Suzana Matoh, University of Leeds
  • Developing a conceptual framework for complex value assessment of resources recovered from waste using non-standard economics. Oliver Zwirner, University of Leeds.
  • Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis (LCSA) of Resource Recovery from Waste (RRfW) Systems. Jhuma Sadhukhan, University of Surrey
14.00 – 14.30 Group activities to identify academic, industry and government challenges when making the business case for resource recovery
14.30 – 15.00 Refreshment break
15.00 – 15.30 Panel discussion with chairs of specialist sessions to feed back results of discussions
15.30 – 16.00 Keynote: Libby Peake, Green Alliance. UK resources strategy after Brexit.
16.00 – 16.30 Keynote: Prof Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Advisor Defra. A Government Perspective on Resource Recovery from Waste.
16.30 – 16.45 Open discussion and sum up of meeting
16.45 Close

Key Dates

  • First week of August: Registration opens
  • 18th September: Extended deadline for abstracts
  • 25th September: Notification of successful abstracts
  • 14th November: Close of registration
  • 20-21st November: European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference, including an ‘End of Waste’ session on 21st November co-organised with RRfW . Attendees to the Biosolids conference are eligible to register for the RRfW Annual Conference at the reduced rate, please see registration section for further details.
  • 22nd November: Resource Recovery from Waste Annual Conference 2017

Venue and Directions

Venue address: Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds, LS1 2HA.

The venue is 5 minutes walk from Leeds rail station. Details of local car parks can be found on the Cloth Hall Court’s Directions webpage.

Accommodation is readily available in Leeds city centre to suit all budgets. Nearby hotels include The Queens Hotel, the Met Hotel, Hotel Novotel Leeds Centre and Park Plaza. Budget options include Travelodge Leeds Central Hotel and Hotel ibis Leeds Centre. For those attending both the Biosolids Conference and RRfW Annual Conference, the Jurys Inn Leeds, Malmaison Leeds and Leeds Marriott Hotels are suitably situated between the two venues. Other options and deals can be found via booking sites such as and  This list is provided for information only and does not constitute a personal recommendation, it is up to the individual to check that the hotel they book meets their requirements.


The deadline for registration has now been extended to 14th November. All attendees are required to register at the standard rate unless they are a presenting author. Authors will have received a discount code as part of the notification of successful abstracts and then can register at the reduced rate.

  • Standard fee: £125
  • Reduced fee: £100

Please register via our online store.

Attendees to the European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference are eligible to register for the RRfW Annual Conference at the reduced rate: you will receive a discount code when you register for the Biosolids conference that can be applied in the online store.

Resource Recovery from Waste project members should register directly by contacting Juliet Jopson to request a booking form.


For any queries regarding this event, please get in touch with Juliet Jopson: Tel: 0113 34 32325