Developing the Business Case for Circular Economy - Conference for Practitioners

24/01/2019 - 24/01/2019 (8.30-17.00)
Disabled Access
Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough, PE2 8AN
Central East North East North West South East & London South West West Midlands Yorkshire and Humber

Opportunity Peterborough (OP) and Peterborough City Council are sponsoring a conference 24th Jan 2019 to bring together practitioners in the fields of Circular Economy (CE) and Future Cities (FC), to share ideas and experience and develop the business case for circular, sustainable cities. This will be an event to inspire, learn, share, network and collaborate and will develop future pathways to successful implementation.

The event will be a great way for business, councils, housing associations, and practitioners

Morning Session: Practical Approaches to City Scale Circular Economy

Time: 8:30-9:30

Registration, networking tea and coffee.

From 9:30-9:45

Opening of the Event.

Welcome and Introductions

“Circular Economy at City Scale” – setting the scene.

Leader/Cabinet Member (TBC) -Peterborough City Council

Trevor Gibson (OP) and Charlotte Palmer (PCC)

9:45 – 10:10

KEYNOTE: The Circular Economy Context and Challenge. Value Chain and investment.

Prof Khaled Soufani, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability. (University of Cambridge)

10:10 – 10:30

“Circular Economy – City Scale Overview” – research findings.

Innovate UK Ross Burton

10:30 – 10:50

“The London experience – LWARB”

Wayne Hubbard, LWARB

11:10 – 11:30

Tea and coffee break

11:30 – 11:50

“The Circular Peterborough Approach”.

Jim Harvey (OP)

11:50 – 12:10

“The Welsh Experience” – Upstream approaches to the Circular Economy.

Dr Katie Beverley, Cardiff PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Dr Rhys Charles, Swansea University


The BRE experience

Gilli Hobbs, BRE

12:30 – 13:00

Plenary Session 1: Transforming practice into novel, disruptive approaches to accelerate progress.

Table based, facilitated session.

13:00 – 14:00

Buffet Lunch

Afternoon Session: Developing the business case; from theory to implementation


“A Holistic Approach to Large Scale Circular Economy Initiatives.” (Case Study)

Robert Wigg

14:25 -14:40

“UK and EU Circular City Best Practice”

Catherine Weetman – Rethink Solutions and Peter Desmond Brighton and Hove Circular Economy Club

14:40 – 15:30

Shape Session 2: Rethinking our approaches – from theory to implementation at city scale.

Run by Peter Desmond and Catherine Weetman. Table based, facilitated session.


Tea and coffee


The Small Giants collaboration initiative and Circular City Toolkit Concept. The role of city networks and leading the way Q&A

Trevor Gibson, Opportunity Peterborough

16:20 -16:40

Scotland – A National Focus on Circular Economy

Cheryl Robb – Zero Waste Scotland

16:40 – 17:00

Summary of the event outputs, closing remarks,

Charlotte Palmer (PCC)

Tea coffee and lunch provided – please indicate any dietary needs.

If you can, please walk or cycle from the station to the event. If you can use public transport please do.,-0.5806303,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8077dccaa4605:0xaefe2de1d96d8dd5!8m2!3d52.5694985!4d-0.2405299

We have a special rate at Radisson Park Inn in Peterborough for delegates on Wed 23rd January 2019

Quote CIRC230119 or Circular Economy Allocation.

To make a reservation you can

Tel 01733 353 750 option 1


Limited parking onsite, and many local car parks t.

All events and sessions will be filmed and photographed and you give your explicit consent by registering for the event to this filming and photography and the use of it in any promotional materials or any other way by Opportunity Peterborough, as well as waiving of any copyright claim.

For further information, contact us at or Jim Harvey at Opportunity Peterborough