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Defra minister to give keynote speech at prestigious Resource Association Conference co-sponsored by Novelis

Novelis, the world leader in rolled aluminium products and recycling, has been announced as one of the sponsors of the Resource Association Conference. Defra Minister, Dan Rogerson, will engage with members of the reprocessing sector on his vision for the future of the recycling industry in the UK at this prestigious event.

Delegates will have an opportunity to question the minister on issues currently facing the sector after his keynote speech at the event at London’ s Park Plaza Victoria on July 9th, organised by letsrecycle.com.

Mr Rogerson is expected to outline the government’s view of efforts towards resource efficiency. This follows a packed conference programme covering topics including economic growth, resource security, employment and the circular economy.

The conference will also see the launch of a new report on the circular economy, ‘Resources, Jobs and Growth’ introduced by Mark Rowney, Research Fellow with the Institute of Public Policy Research at the Resource Association Conference.

Supported by the Resource Association, the report is set to outline research findings on the circular economy. It will examine a range of policy proposals that could be adopted to achieve better use of resources, sustainable job creation and genuine economic development. It also promises to provide a catalyst that will stimulate further debate at the event and on-going dialogue with politicians thereafter.

With increasing pressure on resources, calls are growing for a more efficient ‘circular economy,’ whereby materials that are still too commonly treated as waste are used for as long possible, then re-used or restored.

Ray Georgeson, Resource Association Chief Executive, said: “Now that the notion of the circular economy is taking hold, there is real potential for resources once seen as problematic wastes, to fuel significant economic, environmental and social progress.

“As a result, the importance of recycling, reprocessing, reusing, repairing and remanufacturing, has attracted the attention of UK policy makers. With the launch of an important new industry paper, and a programme of seminars designed to stimulate continued professional debate, this event provides an unparalleled opportunity to shape future policy potential.”

Additional speakers at the conference include Susanne Baker Senior Climate & Environment Policy Advisor from manufacturers’ organisation, EFF; Closed Loop Recycling’s Chris Dow; Gev Eduljee of waste management firm SITA; and Chris Sherrington of Eunomia Research and Consulting.

Recycling and waste management professionals, waste producers and local authorities, are among those being encouraged to attend.

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