Mission Possible: Resources

At edie Live we will show you how to drive resource efficiency through collaboration, innovation and taking action. 

Scroll down to discover all the features available to you and don't forget to plan your visit by favouriting theatre sessions, workshops and many more. 

Theatre Programme

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Sustainability Keynote Theatre
  1. Sustainability Keynote Theatre
    90 mins

    From Brexit and the 25-Year Environment Plan to climate change, resource scarcity and economic growth – this opening session of the Sustainability Keynote defines the external drivers, challenges and opportunities that are together shaping our green business future.

    Session chair: Belinda Gordon, Strategy director, Green Alliance 

  2. Sustainability Keynote Theatre
    60 mins

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) just doesn’t cut it anymore. As climate change, resource scarcity and social wellbeing become ever more business-critical issues, so organisations are moving beyond CSR-based approaches toward fully integrated sustainability strategies and purpose-driven business models. But what does this mean for the role of sustainability and CSR professionals at the heart of it all?

    How can momentum from the recent climate strikes and protests be harnessed to evolve an organisation’s sustainability strategy? Where should the sustainability department sit in this ‘post-CSR’ era? And ultimately, how should sustainability be effectively aligned with core business values and purpose? 

    Join edie’s content editor Matt Mace and our all-star cast of revered climate and sustainability leaders for this live podcast discussion about the future of green business – brought to you in association with facilities management company, Mitie.

Circular Economy Theatre
  1. Circular Economy Theatre
    75 mins

    Plastics pollution is without doubt the biggest circular economy conundrum business has ever faced, and our Circular Economy Theatre is the place to discuss the potential solutions. In the first of a special two-part debate, a selection of sustainability leaders and experts will provide a strategic-level view on how business can collaborate, innovate and actuate to eliminate single-use plastics.

    Session chair: Sian Sutherland, Co-Founder, A Plastic Planet

  2. Circular Economy Theatre
    75 mins

    Where to start... After years of uncertainty and complexity in the build-up to Brexit, this session seeks to provide the clarity we all need by hearing from a selection of environmental policymakers, industry leaders and resource efficiency experts about the UK’s resources and waste strategy.

    Session chair: Libby Forrest, Policy and parliamentary affairs officer, ESA

  3. Circular Economy Theatre
    75 mins

    Changing sustainability behaviours and attitudes across a business is often cited as the biggest challenge facing sustainability and resource efficiency professionals. In this session, we will explore how that engagement challenge can be turned into a golden opportunity for entire industries to go circular.

    Session chair: Trewin Restorick, Founder and chief executive, Hubbub

  4. Circular Economy Theatre
    75 mins

    With reports continuing to show that the vast majority of consumers have never heard of the ‘circular economy’, it’s no surprise that mainstreaming the concept remains a major challenge for business. This session will see industry experts discuss the role that sustainability and resource efficiency professionals can play in changing how people think and act towards the circular economy.

    Session chair: Trewin Restorick, Founder and chief executive, Hubbub

  5. Circular Economy Theatre
    60 mins

    It is imperative that we develop new ways of doing business to ensure growth does not come at the expense of the world's diminishing natural resources, and that businesses are benefitting all aspects society through sustainability and resource efficiency. In this final session of Day 1, we will hear from the organisations that are doing just that.

    Session chair: Jessica Stewart, Project manager, SYSTEMIQ 

Innovation Theatre
  1. Innovation Theatre
    60 mins

    Innovation isn’t just about deploying new technologies, it’s about developing new ways of thinking, fostering creativity and embracing disruption. In this opening session, a panel of sustainability and innovation experts will discuss how businesses can harness green innovation through the creation and development of ideas. Panellists will include the participants of the Future Systems Hackathon, which is taking place LIVE over the two days of the show.

    Session chair: Adam Woodhall, Advisor, activator and author, Inspiring Sustainability

  2. Innovation Theatre
    75 mins

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. Technological advancements are appearing rapidly and simultaneously across the globe, and organisations large and small are turning to the latest digital innovations to gain strategic advantage over their counterparts. This session explores how these innovations can help to drive more sustainable manufacturing processes.

    Session chair: David Bent, Strategy advisor and social entrepreneur 

  3. Innovation Theatre
    60 mins

    edie Live 2019 is all about turning ambitions into actions, and in this session we’ll hear from three organisations that are doing just that, with in-depth case studies offering up real-life examples of how innovative technologies and systems can be applied across the spectrum of sustainable business.

    Session chair: Harsh Pershad, Senior innovation lead (energy), UKRI INNOVATEUK

Sustainability Keynote Theatre
  1. Sustainability Keynote Theatre
    75 mins

    Some 10,000+ companies around the world have now pledged to support the SDGs in some shape or form, but a huge proportion are yet to set any measurable targets to achieve the Goals or measure progress against them. This session will showcase the businesses that are using the SDG framework to drive positive ACTION, and already seeing the results.

    Session chair: Emily Auckland, Network director & co-chair, UKSSD

  2. Sustainability Keynote Theatre
    60 mins

    The way business identifies and manages its impacts on people is a powerful extra force driving progress towards the SDGs, and could unlock new markets and drive growth. In this one-hour session, we’ll hear from social sustainability experts and business leaders on how to proactively manage impacts on employees, workers in the value chain, customers and local communities.

    Session chair: Gudrun Cartwright, Environment director, Business in the Community (BITC)

Circular Economy Theatre
  1. Circular Economy Theatre
    75 mins

    Every revolution needs its leaders. And when it comes to the global resource revolution, those leaders are the businesses that are redesigning systems, shaking up business models and embracing a zero-waste mindset. This first session of Day 2 will hear from the inspirational business leaders that are accelerating the circular economy transition.

    Session chair: Laure Cucuron, General manager, TerraCycle Europe

  2. Circular Economy Theatre
    75 mins

    This session is the second of a special two-part debate, with a fresh selection of sustainability leaders and experts ready to provide a strategic-level view on how business can collaborate, innovate and actuate to eliminate single-use plastics. 

    Session chair: Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) 

  3. Circular Economy Theatre
    75 mins

    The need to adopt transparent and sustainable supply chain and procurement models has never been more important in the context of our circular economy transition. This session will hear from a selection of sustainability and supply chain experts who are taking the lead on supplier engagement to drive resource efficiency and enhance sustainable development.   

    Session chair: Dr Rosanna Cole, Lecturer in sustainable supply chain management, Surrey Business School 

  4. Circular Economy Theatre
    75 mins
    Small businesses and public-sector organisations are the backbone of the UK economy, with the former representing more than 99% of businesses and the latter providing the vital services that keep the country going. In this focused session, we’ll hear from sustainability professionals across both sectors to explore the barriers and opportunities facing the circular economy transition. 
     

    Session chair: Steve Read, Vice chair, ADEPT’s Waste Group and Director of energy, waste and environment, West Sussex County Council 

Innovation Theatre
  1. Innovation Theatre
    75 mins

    The retail sector is going through a period of great transformation. Amid an ever-changing backdrop of new shopping habits, disruptive new business models and the prolific growth of digital retail, this session will explore the innovation opportunities that lie in waiting for British retailers to achieve a sustainable future, today. 

    Session chair: Ivana Gazibara, Associate director, Forum for the Future

  2. Innovation Theatre
    60 mins

    Innovation for sustainability doesn’t always start with your idea - in fact, many of the best sustainable innovation projects have been delivered through competitions, collaborations or community engagement programmes. In this session, we’ll hear from a spread of organisations that are utilising ‘people power’ to drive towards a more sustainable future for their sectors.  

    Session chair: Dr Mike Pitts, Deputy challenge director - transforming construction, Innovate UK 

  3. Innovation Theatre
    45 mins

    Business as usual is no longer good enough for businesses when it comes to environmental stewardship and climate mitigation. In a world press by resource constraints and energy intensive operations, the need is clear for organisations to take the innovation ‘leap of faith’ and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

    This podcast episode, brought to you in association with facilities management company Mitie, brings together an array of sustainability and energy managers, innovators and experts to discuss how businesses can build the business case for innovation and then scale-up innovative new products and services to bring about drastic improvements to resource use and carbon footprints.

  4. Innovation Theatre
    75 mins

    The scourge of single-use plastics shows no signs of abating, leaving many businesses caught between a rock and a hard place; committing to plastic phase-outs in response to consumer pressures whilst desperately seeking solutions and trying to avoid unintended consequences. The answer: innovation. This session will hear from a variety of perspectives on how sustainable product and packaging innovations could solve the plastics crisis.

    Session chair: Rob Holdway, Director, Giraffe Innovation 

  5. Innovation Theatre
    30 mins

    Post-hackathon discussion about the results and what happens next.

    Session chair: Adam Woodhall, Advisor, activator and author, Inspiring Sustainability

Advice Clinics

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    Advice Clinics

    The Planet Mark

    Are you struggling to measure and reduce your carbon footprint? Is your carbon management programme in need of re-invigorating? Good carbon management brings many benefits, including cutting costs, reducing risk, enhancing reputation, engaging employees and winning business.

    The Planet Mark™ clinic can help with any challenges you have around carbon management, from footprinting to target setting and employee engagement right through to contributing meaningfully and measurably to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    On average, holders of The Planet Mark™ are cutting their carbon footprint per employee by more than 10% per year – and saving money in the process.

    What can we do for you?

     

    Advice Clinics

    EnTRESS

    EnTRESS provide advice and guidance to improve resource efficiency through the implementation of circular economy principles, aiming to keep resources in use and get the maximum benefit from them.  This is an alternative to the traditional make, use, dispose linear economy model. 

     

    Advice Clinics

    Barley Communications

    Communicating green messages in ways that engage and inspire people is critical to raise the profile of green products and services and to achieving much-needed behaviour change. 

    Barley delivers communications campaigns that grab media and consumer attention and make an impact - from introducing drinking fountains and coffee cup recycling, to tackling litter and reducing food and textile waste.

    If you’re looking to raise your profile, change behaviour or engage your stakeholders this clinic is the place to go for advice from the only communications agency shortlisted for Consultancy of the Year at this year’s edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.

     

    Advice Clinics

    Landbell Group

    LANDBELL GROUP is an international supplier of service and consulting solutions for environmental and chemical compliance.

    Our aim is to reduce the complexity of extended producer responsibility legislation, as well as other product- and packaging- related requirements for producers and distributors. In everything we do, we seek to provide our customers with the most competitive solutions.

    At LANDBELL GROUP, we prepare our clients for the uncertainties to come. We help them unlock the value of the circular economy and strive to be their best partner on the journey to a more sustainable future.

     

    Advice Clinics

    BM TRADA

    BM TRADA, part of the Element Group, specializes in providing a comprehensive range of independent testing, inspection, certification, technical and training services.

    BM TRADA provides an extensive range of management systems, chain of custody and sustainable supply chain certification services to a wide range of industry sectors.

     

    Advice Clinics

    evora

    Do you have a sustainability or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy in place? Are you reporting on your sustainability priorities and objectives? Have you set targets in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

    Sustainability strategy and reporting is more than just about the environment, it ranges from health and wellbeing, indoor air quality, social value and resilience to climate risks and mitigation. The risks and opportunities are always evolving and are far broader than they've ever been. It can be hard to know where to start.

    Visit our Advice Clinic to get an understanding of how to put in place a co-ordinated and structured approach for managing your sustainability risks and opportunities – whether it’s voluntary reporting, such as INREV/GRESB, health and wellbeing certifications, or broader sustainability and ESG reporting. 

    We can support you every step of the way. 

    Advice Clinics

    B&M Waste Services

     

    B&M Waste Services utilise innovative solutions to minimise your business waste, recycle more and recover energy from any residual waste. Simple swaps can be introduced following a waste audit to develop a more sustainable waste strategy, something over 7000 customers work with us to achieve. Visit us at edie Live to find out more!

Workshops

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Workshop 1
  1. It is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the edie Live audience today: how can you increase your sphere of influence and drive engagement on sustainability and energy – from the boardroom to the people on the shop floor?

Workshop 2
  1. At present, the war is not being won. Total waste generation in the UK – including waste from local commercial sources – continues to mount, and recycling rates are not increasing fast enough. Clearly, more needs to be done by businesses across the supply chain in order to make the circular economy a reality.

  2. Collaboration has been a sustainability buzzword for several years now, yet thousands of companies large and small still take a siloed approach to sustainability – why? What are the barriers that must be broken down to drive more collaboration on sustainability and CSR projects? And what examples are there of mutually beneficial, cross-sector partnerships that are driving sustainable change?

  3. With levels of trust in government and business in sharp decline, and global megatrends increasingly impacting security of supply, the need to adopt transparent, sustainable and resilient supply chains has never been more important.

Workshop 2
  1. Collaboration has been a sustainability buzzword for several years now, yet thousands of companies large and small still take a siloed approach to sustainability – why? What are the barriers that must be broken down to drive more collaboration on sustainability and CSR projects? And what examples are there of mutually beneficial, cross-sector partnerships that are driving sustainable change?

  2. It is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the edie Live audience today: how can you increase your sphere of influence and drive engagement on sustainability and energy – from the boardroom to the people on the shop floor?

  3. At present, the war is not being won. Total waste generation in the UK – including waste from local commercial sources – continues to mount, and recycling rates are not increasing fast enough. Clearly, more needs to be done by businesses across the supply chain in order to make the circular economy a reality.

  4. With levels of trust in government and business in sharp decline, and global megatrends increasingly impacting security of supply, the need to adopt transparent, sustainable and resilient supply chains has never been more important.

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Exhibitors

News

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  • An area nearly twice the size of England will become a "blue belt" of protected waters after the government created 41 new marine conservation zones.
  • With less than a week to go until the show doors open, the edie editorial team picks 10 standout case studies set to take the stage at the UK's largest sustainability and energy exhibition, edie Live, as it returns to the NEC Birmingham on 21-22 May.
  • Packaging manufacturer Frugalpac will be showcasing its sustainable innovation - the Frugal Cup - at Edie LIVE (21-22 May) at the NEC Birmingham this month.


 

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