Spotting opportunities in a turbulent period

“With policy changes amass and technological advances in abundance, there is now even more reason to visit RWM in 2016,” say the organisers, i2i Events Group in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management. Here are a few of the highlights.

“RWM 2016 promises to stimulate and attract the attention of the broadest cross-sector audience,” say the organisers. The event, an international showcase of resource and waste management innovation, takes place at the Birmingham NEC on 13-15 September and is co-located with three other shows: The Energy Event, the Renewables Event and the Water Event.

The organisers say RWM 2016 will explore and highlight a variety of initiatives, products and services to encourage globally sustainable models of resource efficiency.
The show also promises to be a rich environment for professional development in the waste management industry. A new must-see attraction is RWM Future Cities, which is a key theme of the event. A trail will lead visitors throughout the show, drawing their attention to new innovative technologies and infrastructure that will shape the future of resource efficiency in urban areas. Not only will it provide industry leading solutions for private and public sector organisations, say the organisers, “it will deliver unrivalled networking and sales opportunities for suppliers and a ready-made audience with both an interest in technology and the capability to invest”.
The event aims to provide “industry leading insight and access to the latest sustainable solutions across a number of key areas”. These are separated into distinct ‘zones’  dedicated to machinery and equipment, handling and logistics, recycling and reprocessing technologies, professional services and energy from waste.
And bringing together the entire resource ecosystem does appear to give visitors a chance to explore  across discipline boundaries, with opportunities for cross-sector networking.
The Energy Event is described by the organisers as the UK’s leading event for energy and utilities procurement professionals and brings together the supply and demand side industry to help influence the way energy is bought and managed.
The Renewables Event is said to be the only show of its kind dedicated to supporting those investing into renewable energy production and micro-generation. This show offers insight into the spectrum of technologies and applications available, investment opportunities, policy insight, case studies and practical strategic guidance.
The Water Event “promotes the efficient consumption, management and procurement of this most precious resource, water”. The two days will include “industry insight, promoting achievable strategies and showcase valuable case studies”.
Barry Dennis, Chair of RWM said: “RWM is now a well-established and a much anticipated event in the industry calendar, attracting exhibitors and visitors from across the globe. It is always an exciting event whereby industry-leading innovative ideas and business models are shared and propelled into the international limelight. This year will be no exception, with opportunities for organisations and professionals to drive business growth and seek solutions within their specific sectors.
This year’s sponsors include Suez, NRG Fleet Service, Stobart Biomass Products and Viridor.

Rising stars

This year’s event also launches what is described as “a national search to find the industry’s ‘Rising Stars’”. The competition will celebrate trailblazing initiatives that challenge the way resource management works and inspire a new generation of efficiency managers.
Aimed at young entrepreneurs within the industry, RWM 2016 organisers, i2i Events Group in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, are looking for individuals who have introduced new recycling practices within the last three years that are helping to transform their organisation and the industry as a whole.
Individuals based in or operating in the UK who are developing innovative ways to reduce waste, through circular economy approaches are invited to apply via a short registration form on the RWM 2016 website at
Entrants have until Monday 1st August 2016 to submit their 250 words entry for the judges’ consideration. They should outline the good initiatives being developed and include examples of how efforts have inspired change within their organisation, what benefits have come about as a result and include supporting evidence where possible. “With so much drive towards circular economy business models, the award is sure to attract a host of ground-breaking entries,” say the organisers.
Three finalists will be announced in mid-August. They will then have the chance to present their innovation to a panel of judges at RWM 2016 & The Energy Event in September, which will outline in depth, the reasons as to why they should win. The judges panel will include experts from RWM, CIWM, The Water Report, and the winner of last year’s competition.
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