In a sector marked by volatile pricing, changing regulatory frameworks and increasing financial and security risk, it is necessary for the industry to come together to safeguard and ensure the future of energy & resource efficiency, says Nicola Meadows, event director – Environment, i2i Events Group.
With policy change amass and technological advances in abundance, there is now even more reason to visit RWM in 2016. This year the event, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13-15 September, promises to stimulate and attract the attention of the broadest cross-sector audience at the international showcase of resource and waste management innovation, RWM 2016 and its three co-located shows: The Energy Event, the Renewables Event and the Water Event.
The Energy Event
Organised in partnership with key associations such as, the Major Energy Users Council, Energy Institute and Energy Services & Technology Association, the Energy Event 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham, on 13th -14th September is a ‘must attend’ exhibition and conference. Not only is this an event for major energy users, it is also a key date in the calendar for decision makers as they grapple with energy supply, energy security and energy management concerns. The event is a key place for visitors to understand the latest policies, compliance requirements and find the latest technologies to drive a reduction in energy costs and improve their sustainability performance. Building on last year’s success, the Energy Event provides key opportunities for networking and professional development.
Apart from policy changes, there are also a number of issues which seem to be challenging the sector, including energy security which remains a thorny issue for UK businesses. With an early capacity auction anticipated in the winter of 2017/18, and energy suppliers not being allowed to delay payments, businesses could face higher than anticipated energy bills next year. But what will the implications be for your business?
The show has two premium content hubs, Energy Leaders Theatre and the Energy Information Theatre. Key discussions from Keith Brierley, Environment and Business – Senior Advisor, Environment Agency, Maria Spyrou, Energy Efficiency Programme Manager, Marks and Spencer and Charlotte Calloway, Energy & Environment Analyst, Whitbread are just a small sample of the speakers at this year’s show. In addition, a keynote speaker from National Grid, Paul Lowbridge, will participate in a panel discussing – demand-side response, could capitalising on energy opportunities be the answer to the energy trilemma. A full speakers program is due to be released shortly.
RWM 2016, which is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham from 13th to 15th September, is the largest event in the UK for the waste and resource efficiency sector, with plenty on show for the quarrying, recycling and bulk materials handling industries.
The three-day exhibition, organised in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM), also provides a strong conference programme taking place across the Circular Economy Connect, Energy from Waste and Local Authority theatres. There are numerous networking opportunities for RWM’s visitors and exhibitors.
All the plant and equipment for the waste and recycling industry
Throughout the exhibition, machinery and equipment designed to help keep materials in the loop and retain the value in resources will be centre-stage, as well as handling and logistics solutions that minimise the environmental impact of recycling. RWM has always dedicated a large part of the show to machinery, equipment, handling, logistics, recycling and reprocessing, and energy recovery. New technologies are coming to market throughout the year, and RWM provides the platform to market them to the right audience.
Circular Economy Connect Theatre
The Circular Economy Connect Theatre which is sponsored by Ricardo-AEA, with industry partners, Suez and Viridor, promises to be a key point for exploring how the principles of circular economy can be applied at an organisational or process level. Throughout the event there will be panel discussions on extended producer responsibility and designing out waste to enable greater resource productivity. Speakers in this theatre include: Kyle Wiens, CEO, iFixit, Tristram Stuart, award-winning author, speaker and campaigner. Ichin Cheng, director and co-founder, Sustainable Innovation Lab and advisor to EC Horizon 2020 and Dr Greg Lavery, Director, rype office.
Energy from Waste Theatre
The Energy from Waste Theatre is the central hub for key industry players to debate, discuss and share insights on the future of energy from waste. Featuring speakers from Nandos, the Environment Agency, ESA & a case study from Lakeside EfW Plant. With new policies introduced into the sector, the theatre will provide further clarity for industry influencers on the role energy from waste plays in the long term. It will also provide businesses with insights on how to improve their bottom line.
Local Authority Theatre
Influencers within the industry will debate, discuss and share what waste strategy works best in a local authority when stringent measures are in place, in 2016 and beyond. Discussions will include topics such as waste crime, 2020 recycling targets, food waste collections and driving behaviour change. Speakers from Devon County Council, Keep Britain Tidy and LARAC will feature on this theatre along with Keynote, Linda Crichton, from WRAP.
Make sure you attend the co-located events; The Energy Event, The Water Event, The Renewables Event and RWM in September. It is the only place four industry leading events combine under one roof.