Resource, Europe's Leading Circular Economy Event, Opens Tomorrow at London ExCeL

 Resource, Europe's Leading Circular Economy Event, Opens Tomorrow at London

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, March 3, 2014

LONDON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Resource 2014, Europe's leading conference and exhibition for the circular
economy, opens tomorrow at London's ExCeL and runs from the 4-6 March.

A massive 10,000 international visitors have pre registered for this first
ever dedicated circular economy event with designers, manufacturers, retailers
and the end of life community all coming together to find practical ways in
which they can develop more sustainable supply chains and increasingly
circular business models.

Biffa CEO Ian Wakelin, who will be discussing what will drive businesses
towards the circular economy at the Resource conference said .  " As business
leaders, we need to make the sums add up and I am really looking forward to a
challenging debate with my peers on how we embed the circular economy into
business practice whilst delivering to the bottom line. "

The Resource conference programme boasts over 100 forward thinking business
leaders from some of the world's best known brands. Highlights are set to
include: the Big debate : what does the circular economy mean for retail and
manufacturing? Featuring Alice Ellison, Environment Policy Advisor, the
British Retail Consortium , Markus Zils, CEO & MD, Returnity Partners , Joe
Franses, Director - Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Coca Cola
Enterprises , David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive Officer, SITA  UK , Jamie
Butterworth, CEO, Ellen MacArthur Foundation , and Mark Greenwood,
Sustainability Director, DS Smith . . Captain of industry, Sir Ian Cheshire
, Group Chief Executive, Kingfisher will discuss retailer strategies and which
products lend themselves to circular economy models, and on the final morning
of the event Walter Stahel, Founder-Director, Product Life Institute will give
his frank views on how government and legislators can foster a profitable
circular economy.

Resource also hosts the launch of The Great Recovery Phase 2  -  the
RSA/Great Recovery Project and TSB ' s circular economy initiative. Sophie
Thomas, Co-Director of Design at the RSA, commented: " We are really excited
to be launching Phase 2 of The Great Recovery project at the inaugural
Resource show. Building the right network is crucial to developing an
effective circular economy, and it is very encouraging to have so many
influential figures from across the spectrum of industry and policy in one
place. Our next phase focuses on the interrelationships between design,
materials and waste, and Resource sees the introduction of our new materials
library that will explore these connections in tangible detail. "

The practical focus of Resource is demonstrated by the demand for the series
of 12 workshops, which will run alongside the conference programme, many of
which are now fully subscribed or have very limited availability. Workshop
hosts and facilitators include WRAP, DS Smith, LRS Consultancy, Resource
Futures, SITA UK, SAICA Natur, PE International and Ricardo-AEA. Check the
Resource website for more details .

Resource -  4-6 March 2014, ExCeL, London

Resource is the first conference and exhibition that connects the whole supply
chain - extraction, design, recycling, manufacturing, retail and resource
recovery - to capitalise on the commercial opportunities of a circular
economy. A resource constrained world demands new thinking and new business
models, this event allows senior business leaders to network throughout the
supply chain and discover forward thinking solutions for closed loop business

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