Advancing the circular economy 

Net-zero business is about so much more than carbon reduction. Against a backdrop of increasing resource scarcity, our Net-Zero Resources Day is dedicated to the organisations and individuals that are collaborating and innovating to eliminate waste and progress towards a regenerative economy across all major industries.

Day 3 – Net-Zero Resources

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Exhibitor zone open

1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

Welcome & introduction

1:05 pm - 1:15 pm

Speed networking

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm


Building back better through the circular economy

Covid-19 has revealed our current economic system’s vulnerability to risks, challenging us to rethink and redesign for resilience – making the circular economy more relevant than ever before. Setting the scene for our Net-Zero Resources Day, our keynote speaker will discuss how circular economy strategies can help build a resilient, low-carbon, and prosperous recovery from the pandemic. 


  • Marc Engel

    Marc Engel
    Chief Supply Chain Officer - Unilever

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

Panel discussion

Net-zero and the circular economy: What good business looks like in a post-pandemic world

This live and interactive panel discussion will bring together the inspirational business leaders and circular economy exports to discuss how businesses can accelerate the transition to zero-waste by redesigning systems, shaking up business models and embracing a “regeneration” mindset.

Discussion points:

  • Beyond plastics: What’s the next big circular economy conundrum?
  • Where waste fits in the transition to net-zero business
  • Supplier engagement and collaboration: What great business now looks like


2:20 pm - 2:45 pm

BREAK – Speed networking, Exhibitor zone

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm


45-Minute Masterclass: How to build and enhance your strategy to eliminate single-use plastics

Plastics pollution has been, without doubt, the biggest circular economy challenge business has ever faced. This 45-Minute Masterclass will see industry experts discuss the solutions that are accelerating the UK’s transition to an economy free of single-use-plastics, and provide fresh tips and advice when it comes to eliminating the material from your organisation and supply chain.

Discussion points:

  • Two years on from Blue Planet 2: What’s changed?
  • Sustainable packaging innovations to get excited about
  • Avoiding the ‘unintended consequences’ of plastic alternatives

Chaired by: Matt Mace, Content editor, edie


3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

BREAK – Speed networking, Exhibitor zone

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Open roundtables

Choose your adventure:

Open roundtable 1: Making circular real: How can we engage colleagues and consumers on the resource efficiency journey? 

The vast majority of consumers and colleagues have never heard of the ‘circular economy’. It’s therefore no surprise that mainstreaming the concept remains a major challenge for business. This open roundtable discussion will see a group of industry experts discuss the role that sustainability and resource efficiency professionals can play in changing how people think and act towards the circular economy.

The roundtable will consist of a group of sustainability and energy experts, hand-picked by edie. All other attendees are able to sit in on the conversation, share their own ideas, and ask questions throughout the one-hour session.

Discussion points: 

  • What has the pandemic taught us about consumer and colleague engagement?
  • From nudges to choice-edits: Varying approaches to behaviour change
  • What to do when you’re on the wrong side of consumer trust

Participants include:

Ashley Oates, Head of Sustainability, Ward
Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute
Gunnlaugur Erlendsson, CEO, Enso Tyres
Nick Brown, Sustainable Packaging Director, Coca-Cola European Partners
Ali Moore, Head of Communications and Behaviour Change, LWARB
Emilie Woodger-Smith, Waste Minimisation officer, South Gloucestershire Council
Dan Cooke, Trustee, CIWM

Chaired by: Matt Mace, Content editor, edie
Industry experts:
Michael Lenaghan, Environmental Policy Advisor, Zero Waste Scotland
Rob Bresler, Technical director, Rio


Open roundtable 2: Business model innovation: How can we build a closed-loop, regenerative brand? 

This open roundtable discussion is all about breaking out of the fixed mindset and sparking disruptive ideas and actions to build an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. We’ll be bringing together a selection of business leaders and innovators to discuss how businesses can shake-up their business models and build closed-loop supply chains.

Discussion points: 

  • The inspiring circular economy innovators to watch out for in the 2020s 
  • How incumbent businesses are readjusting their business models 
  • Real-life examples of product redesign for the circular economy 

Participants include:

Jean-Christophe Trassard, Senior VP at a Mineral & Cement Group
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland
Charlotte Harrington, Chief Operating Officer, Belu Water Ltd
Louisa Ziane, Chief Operating Officer, Toast Ale
Mike Townsend, Founder & CEO, Earthshine Group
Marcela Navarro, CEO & Co-Founder, Project X Global
Zack Angelini, Manager – Environmental Stewardship, Timberland

Chaired by: Luke Nicholls, Content director, edie
Industry expert: Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland


5:00 pm