The Scottish Resources Conference 2014 began today. The two-day event is exploring the theme of: ‘Evolution or revolution? Ensuring a sustainable resources industry within Scotland’s green economy’ is hosted by Zero Waste Scotland and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).
Today Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland and Linda Ovens, Chair of CIWM Scottish Centre introduced the conference. The introduction was followed with a presentation by economist Frances Cairncross, who discussed industry innovation and change, and how Scotland can develop a sustainable green economy. Ian McAulay, Chief Executive of Viridor, and Vicente Galvin Lopez, Director of Ferrovial, then discussed leadership in sustainable resource management; and Grant Keenan, Managing Director of Keenan Recycling, talked about sustainability in Scotland’s resource industry.
Keynote speakers scheduled for tomorrow include Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead who will discuss the latest updates from the Scottish Government and its partners, and Sandy Rodger from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, who will suggest ways in which Scotland can shift to a circular economy.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Scotland has an ambitious vision to be a leading nation in progressing towards a more circular economy, and this year’s event will offer a great opportunity to showcase what we’ve already achieved, as well as looking to the future and making plans to improve.
“We’ve got a great line-up of expert presenters from Scotland and further afield, and I look forward to coming together with the industry to help drive forward the circular economy agenda.”
Linda Ovens, Chair of CIWM Scotland Centre, added: “With the publication recently of the European Commission’s Circular Economy proposals, and its ambitions for higher recycling targets and further curbs on landfill, this conference will bring all the stakeholders together to map the exciting opportunities ahead.”