Resource Recovery from Waste Conference 2019

Resource Recovery for a Clean, Low-Carbon and Resource Efficient Economy

16th January 2019, One Great George Street, London

The final conference for the Resource Recovery from Waste programme will bring together five years’ of research to highlight the relevance of resource recovery for a clean, low-carbon and resource efficient economy.

The conference will showcase the key achievements of the programme covering: technologies and approaches to recover resources from industrial, mining and organic wastes; novel assessment tools to optimise the value created in resource recovery systems across multiple domains (economic, technical, environmental and social); and a shared vision for the transition a the circular economy, bringing together academic, government and industry perspectives.

The conference will aim to highlight where changes in policy will be needed to realise the full benefits envisaged for the UK economy, society and environment.  It will also look forward to identify future challenges and research needed in this area.

Confirmed external speakers and panellists:

  • Laura Sandys, runs 21st Century Energy Regulatory Commission with Imperial College, is Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency, and is working on the Resources Sector Deal
  • David Tompkins, Head of Knowledge Exchange & Innovation, AquaEnviro
  • Peter Quinn, Head of Climate Change, Environmental Policy and Strategy, Tata Steel
  • Tom Murray, Deputy Head of Resources and Waste Policy – Evidence and Analysis, Defra
  • Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government
  • Adam Read, Director of External Affairs, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK, and incoming President for CIWM
  • Jim Wharfe, Independent Environment Consultant
  • Jacqui Murray, Deputy Director – Faraday Battery Challenge, Innovate UK
  • Ned Garnett, Associate Director of Research, Natural Environment Research Council

The conference will also hear from heads of the six projects that make up the Resource Recovery from Waste programme: MeteoRR, B3, R3AW, INSPIRE, AVAnD and CVORR. An exhibition will provide further opportunity to find out more about the work undertaken by the programme, including its policy work. A drinks reception will follow the conference to allow time for networking and we hope you will join us there to raise a toast to the community of researchers and partners that made RRfW possible.

Schedule ¦ Directions ¦ Registration ¦ Contact

Schedule:

Please note, exact times are still subject to change. Further details to be added as they are confirmed.

Time (hrs) Item
9.00 – 9.30 Arrival and registration
9.30 – 9.40 Conference opening and welcome:

  • Phil Purnell, convener of Resource Recovery from Waste programme, University of Leeds
  • Beth House, Natural Environment Research Council
9.40 – 10.00 Opening keynote: Laura Sandys, Challenging Ideas “Moving the Dial on the Circular Economy: Show Not Tell”
10.00 – 11.00 RRfW project showcase. Chaired by Anne Velenturf, University of Exeter.

  • MeteoRR: Ian Head, Newcastle University
  • B3: Lynne Macaskie, University of Birmingham “Microbial synthesis of metallic nanoparticles: multiple opportunities and selected case histories for valorization of wastes into value products.”
  • R3AW: Will Mayes, University of Hull
11.00 – 11.30 Refreshment break
11.30 – 12.30 RRfW project showcase continued:

  • INSPIRE: Devin Sapsford, University of Cardiff “in situ recovery of resources from industrial and mining waste repositories”
  • AVAnD: Alfonso Lag Brotons, Lancaster University “From waste to fertilisers/soil conditioners – Cycling the value of food waste anaerobic digestate and wood ash”
  • CVORR: Phil Purnell, University of Leeds
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch: networking and exhibition
14.00 – 14.50 Perspectives on resource recovery from industry. Chaired by Rachel Marshall, Lancaster University.

  • David Tompkins, Head of Knowledge Exchange & Innovation, AquaEnviro “The politics of bioresources: we need to do better”
  • Peter Quinn, Head of Climate Change, Environmental Policy and Strategy, Tata Steel
14.50 – 15.10 Phil Purnell, University of Leeds “Resource recovery from waste: the transition towards a circular economy”
15.10 – 15.40 Refreshment break
15.40 – 16.00 Perspectives on resource recovery from government.

  • Tom Murray, Deputy Head of Resources and Waste Policy – Evidence and Analysis, Defra
16.00 – 16.40 Panel discussion on future research challenges for resource recovery. Chaired by Libby Peake, Green Alliance. Panel speakers:

  • Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government
  • Adam Read, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK
  • Jim Wharfe, Independent Environment Consultant
  • Jacqui Murray, Deputy Director – Faraday Battery Challenge, Innovate UK
16.40 – 16.55 Closing keynote: Ned Garnett, Associate Director of Research, Natural Environment Research Council
16.55 – 17.00 Closing remarks: Phil Purnell, University of Leeds
17.00 – 18.30 Drinks reception in exhibition space: join us to toast the success of the RRfW programme and carry on conversations
18.30 Event close

Location and directions

The conference will be held at One Great George Street in London: for directions, please see the venue website.

Registration

Registration is now open and closes on 2nd January 2019.

Rate Early Bird until 16 Dec Registrations 17 Dec – 2 Jan
Full fee £180 £200
Reduced fee: for public/third sector and postgraduate students £130 £150
Limited number of places for public/third sector and project members. See below for details* £0 N/A

To register please go to our registration page on the University of Leeds online store. Please note that the ‘Terms and conditions’ are located on the ‘More Info’ tab before you enter the booking process.

*A limited number of free places are available for attendees from public/third sector organisation and project members. These will be assigned on a first-come-first served basis with a maximum of 3 places per organisation. To apply for a free place, please contact Juliet Jopson.

Contact

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

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