2021 Programme

8 December 2021 | Hilton Park Lane

2021 Programme


8 December 2021
London Hilton
on Park Lane




14:30 – 14:35

Opening remarks
Corin Williams, Editor, MRW


14:35 – 15:15

Question time panel: the net zero agenda
Have your say as our panellists will debate how the sector needs achieve net zero goals through a coalition of minds. From the realities of carbon capture to funding, to the role of local authorities, this is your chance to ask the probing questions that will define the future of the sector.
Emma Beal, Managing Director, West London Waste Authority
Jenny Grant, Head of Organics and Natural Capital, The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
Nathan Gray, Head of Sustainability, Reconomy
Adam Read, President, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management
Moderated by Andrea Lockerbie, Associate Editor, MRW 


15:15 – 15:45

Driving the circular economy through food waste: an award-winning collaboration
After winning MRW’s Circular Economy Initiative Award in 2020 for its collaboration with food waste charity Plan Zheroes, Borough Market has continued to innovate in its pursuit of sustainability and reducing waste at source. MRW chats to Kate Howell, Director of Communications & Engagement about its Entocycle initiative and how the right partnerships can support a holistic approach to achieving a circular economy.
Kate Howell, Director of Communications & Engagement, Borough Market
Moderated by Andrea Lockerbie, Associate Editor, MRW

15:45 – 16:00

Quick coffee break


16:00 – 16:30

A view from the education sector: an academic reaction to the knowledge gap crisis
With an established track-record in the fields of environmental science and waste management, Ian Williams’ work at Southampton University has focused on pollution, sustainability, waste and carbon-related issues. Join us as he outlines the work the universities are doing to engage young people and his collaboration with artists and the BBC to influence the wider public on changing behaviours. From e-waste case studies in Europe to the challenges within central government, Ian will hold a mirror up to our industry with an important call to action – engage the public or fail.
Professor Ian Williams, Academic, University of Southampton
Moderated by Corin Williams, Editor, MRW


16:30 – 17:15

Beyond COP26 – worthwhile outcomes or a wasted opportunity?
Fresh from attending COP26 in Glasgow, our speakers debate what actionable insights and policy changes from COP26 will affect the industry in the short and medium-term and will consider how the Environment Bill will drive a new direction for resources and waste management in local government.
Ann Ballinger, Principal Consultant, Eunomia
Paul Morgan, Head of Commercial Services, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Claire Shrewsbury, Director of Insights and Innovation, WRAP
Nik Spencer, CEO & Founder, Mission Resources/HERU
Moderated by Corin Williams, Editor, MRW


17:15 – 17:20

Closing remarks
Corin Williams, Editor, MRW


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