The Herts Chamber is calling all businesses to join the big debate at our upcoming HCoC Environmental, Sustainability and Innovation Conference “The Circular Economy” on 11th June 2015.
We are collaborating with political influencers, business leaders and academics to provide businesses with an understanding of the transformative potential of a circular economy.
Held at Rothamsted Research’s brand new conference centre in Harpenden, the Environmental, Sustainability and Innovation Conference is a great opportunity for SME’s to capture learning’s from representatives in industry, academia and the public sectors about economic growth and how to work towards efficiency.
The conference is also an invaluable opportunity for you to network with business leaders and showcase your business in our exhibition area or elevate your brand through our sponsorship opportunities.
The circular economy is a response to the use of finite resources in the design, manufacture, consumption and life of goods – and to the urgency in reversing its impact. Remade, repaired, resold or recycled the circular economy is a model that redesigns and re-engineers the manufacture of a product – and moves it through retail to consumption to repair or re-use to recycle.
Ground-level innovation in this field is being driven by large corporations and forward thinking SME’S who are piloting business models based on leasing, product performance, re-manufacture, and extended lifecycle thinking. While the circular economy also relies on the involvement of SMEs, take-up of SME’s in this sector remains limited.
The schedule is as follows*;
08:00 – Registration, coffee & pastries and networking
08:45 – Welcome and address: Richard Potter, Director of Innovation, Sopra Steria
08:55 – Keynote from Professor Mark Maslin, UCL - Why the Circular Economy matters to businesses – large and small
09:05 – Mr David Gauke MP - The Government’s response and encouragement for change
09:20 – Q&A
09:30 – Panel Session 1 – What is the Circular Economy and how does it work? Including; Professor Mark Maslin, UCL
Martin Fahey, Manager of Sustainable Solutions, Mitsubishi Electric – Sustainability via Green Gateway Simon Houghton-Dodd, Sustainability Manager, Johnson Matthey – Recycling of materials focussing on clean air, clean energy and low carbon technologies Maurizio Catulli, Project Director Re-engineering Business for Sustainability (REBUS), University of Hertfordshire – Business models for a circular economy
10:00 – Q&A
10:10 – Coffee and networking
11:00 – Panel Session 2 – What is in it for me, my business and what are the benefits of participation?
Including; Adam Warner, Community Stakeholder Manager Affinity Water – forward planning for resource scarcity Lee Freeman, Cost Management Specialist, Auditel – A cost effective way to profit improvement Gareth Humphreys MBE, HR Advisor for Education, MBDA - The benefits of building a sustainable workforce through apprenticeships
11:30 – Summary and Q&A
12:00 – Lunch & networking
Registration for this event is via the Herts Chamber website