RWM 2017 – the resources event

Bigger, better and more collaborative, the UK’s premier event dedicated to Energy, Water, Recycling, Renewables and Waste Management is the 2017 knowledge-sharing hub for local authority resource management professionals. RWM Event director Nicola Meadows previews the show.

Decision-makers from local authorities dealing with the resource management sector negotiate with a wide range of overlapping industries, suppliers and government agencies. As such, it is crucial to be up-to-date with the opportunities and commercial issues affecting resource and waste management, and resource planning in local government.

As we move towards the circular economy model, which sees materials form part of a complex cycle of re-use rather than a linear produce-consume-dispose model, supply chains are becoming increasingly interconnected. Solutions to the challenge of resource management have never been more accessible for policy-makers and implementers, and the expanded RWM 2017 event, run in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), offers a unique opportunity to connect across industries, share knowledge and explore new opportunities.

Bringing together innovators from the Energy, Water, Recycling, Renewables and Waste Management communities, RWM 2017 takes place from 12 to 14 September at the NEC Birmingham. The umbrella concept is RWM’s One Planet Living mission, which champions the better management and supply of the world’s resources in an increasingly interconnected world.

Divided into six zones – Supply & Demand; Energy from Waste; Recyclers & Reprocessors; Handling & Logistics; Data, Tech & Services; and Machinery & Equipment – the show will also feature an Innovation Hub, where exhibitors and start-up companies showcase the latest, most innovative ideas in the market.

Visitor trails

Visitors to the new-look RWM 2017 will be able to efficiently plan their day and expand their scope for networking and business opportunities by exploring the show’s event trails. The visitor discovery trails are simple, time-saving tools that can help ensure every moment spent at the show counts – maximising the potential for commercial gain.

The Local Authority Trail, for instance, highlights all exhibitors and content relevant to those responsible for waste management and resource, legislative issues. Municipal waste management strategy and best practice is explored, together with exhibitors and content relevant to managers of vehicle fleets. Other trails include the Energy Solutions Trail; the Water Marketplace Trail; the New Exhibitor Discovery Trail; and the Great British Trail, which is organised in partnership with the UK Department for International Trade.

Learning opportunities

A wealth of knowledge sharing and networking opportunities will also be present during the daily seminar theatre sessions running in each event zone throughout the show. Seminars will take place throughout the day at the Municipal and Materials Recovery Theatre, the Utilities Keynote Theatre, the Utilities in Practice Theatre, the Circular Economy Theatre and the Energy from Waste Theatre.

The Municipal and Materials Recovery Theatre, for example, is the platform for resource and waste industry experts from both the public and private sector to come together and discuss creative techniques to drive recycling rates. From the effective management and commercialisation of food waste to tackling waste crime, and rethinking revenue streams from recycling, seminar sessions in this theatre are set to see exciting debates including participation from a range of senior figures from local councils across the UK over the three-day show. Leading councils including Westminster City, Rugby Borough and Lisbon Portugal are giving speaker sessions, for instance.

As well as a return of the outside area at the 2017 show, other key features at the event include RWM Connects, a complimentary matchmaking service allowing exhibitors and visitors to use our database to arrange meetings prior to the show, and the CIWM Resource and Waste Clinic, which will see industry experts on-hand over the course of the show offering advice and insight.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Department for International Trade is returning to RWM 2017 to offer visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to gain insight and advice about exporting products and internationalising their business.
There will also be the opportunity to have some fun at RWM 2017 by making use of the four-hole crazy golf course and bar at the back of Hall Five. It’s a great way to network in a relaxed setting away from the hubbub of the main show.

Register for RWM 2017 and view a full list of exhibitors here: www.rwmexhibition.com