Everything is connected – BBIA Annual Conference 2020

/Everything is connected – BBIA Annual Conference 2020
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Over 14 months has passed since the government issued its roadmap to reforming the resources and waste sector. The first consultations concluded in May 2019 with responses from the government issued in July 2019, whilst the consultation on Biodegradability Standards closed in October. A second round of consultations on EPR, DRS, collections consistency and the Plastics Tax are expected in 2020 (and may even have been announced by the time we meet here).

Meanwhile, Parliament unanimously agreed to a binding net carbon zero target for 2050. And two not insignificant events will also occur before 20 February 2020 – a new government will have been elected and the outcome of Brexit will have been decided: either done and dusted or another referendum.

Over the course of this day together, we will try to understand the certainties and the uncertainties we all face in coming to conclusions on the primary issues regarding waste, packaging, consumer behaviour, bioeconomy and circular economy, issues that will shape investments, employment, technologies and services over the next 15 to 20 years.

The event is free of charge for public sector representatives and BBIA members. For all others the cost will be £65 (inclusive of VAT). Refreshments will be served over the course of the meeting.

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Introduction and welcome

Session 1 9.30am-10.30am – POLICIES

Keynote: Setting the scene – Dominic Hogg, Chairman, Eunomia research and consulting

The Policy Panel: Defra, BEIS, HMT

Coffee break 10.30am-11am

Session 2 11am-12pm – WASTE MANAGEMENT

Keynote: Felix Gummer, Director, Sancroft International

The Waste Management Panel: Suez, ESA, Viridor, CIWM, LARAC

Session 3 – 12pm-1pm –MATERIAL RECOVERY

Keynote: Marking and labelling – clarity for consumers and processors – Jane Bevis, Chair, OPRL

The Materials Recovery Panel: RECOUP, CPI, WRAP

Lunch break 1pm-2pm

Session 4 – 2pm-3pm – ORGANICS RECOVERY

Keynote: Inputs and outputs for food waste recovery – Kathryn Nichols and Judy Proctor, the Environment Agency

The Organics Recovery Panel: ADBA, ORG/REA, BBIA

Session 5 – 3pm-4pm – PACKAGING

Keynote: Resolving the challenge of packaging and consumer expectations – Paula Chin, SustainableMaterials Specialist, WWF

The Retailer Panel: Co-op, Aldi, Tesco, Marks and Spencer

Concluding remarks