Bristol Waste to Wealth Summit brings business together to tackle environmental challenges

 
  • Business in the Community - The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, brings together 100 national and South West business leaders at Waste to Wealth Summit to identify how they can work collectively to turn environmental awareness into action
  • Marvin Rees, Lord Mayor of Bristol and Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency will deliver keynote speeches at the Summit
Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network will challenge business to reduce waste or turn waste into wealth to help prevent catastrophic climate change and to address the burden on natural resources at the Bristol Waste to Wealth Summit, held on Thursday 18th July. Marvin Rees, Lord Mayor of Bristol, will deliver a keynote speech at the Summit in which he will outline environmental priorities in Bristol and the South West, describe some of the initiatives underway and explain why business is best placed to support in addressing these. Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency, will also deliver a speech in which she will detail the critical environmental challenges facing us, the importance of these challenges to business and the need for new collaborations to tackle them.
 
100 business leaders will gather at the Summit, hosted by event partner PwC, at their office in Bristol  to tackle this challenge head on. Leaders will be invited to pledge to actions in a Waste to Wealth Commitment that will help collectively double the nation’s resource productivity and reduce avoidable waste by 2030 (supercharging the UK Industrial Strategy’s 2050 targets). They will also get an opportunity to hear how they can support a wide range of local initiatives from tackling food waste to cleaning up waterways and green spaces.
 
Over 140 businesses have already signed the Waste to Wealth Commitment across the country, committing to the following actions
  1. Set targets to improve the productivity of resources that are key for their business.  
  2. Work collectively towards doubling the nation’s resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste by 2030, contributing in the way that is most relevant to their business.
  3. Redesign how resources are used in their products, services and operations.
  4. Collaborate across their organisations, value chains and sectors.
  5. Reconvene and report on progress annually to share learning and demonstrate results.

Libby Sandbrook, head of circular economy at Business in the Community, said
“At Business in the Community’s Waste to Wealth Summit in November 2018, our founding patron, HRH The Prince of Wales said that we are the first generation to know that we are undermining planetary life support systems and the last that can fix it. Bristol is a city leading the way, creating a clear vision for Bristol with the Once City Plan, recently declaring a climate emergency and setting an ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030. At the Summit, we will explore how we can bring the collective strength of our network together with organisations working in Bristol and the South West to help accelerate the transition.
 
“While the UK Industrial Strategy deadline of doubling our nation’s resource productivity and eliminating avoidable waste by 2050 is ambitious, our responsible business network can help accelerate progress and aim to achieve this by 2030. Businesses can start by finding out what their resource footprint is. Let’s tackle this critical problem together and lead the world in doing so.”
 
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Media contact
Cathy Beveridge, media and external affairs manager, Business in the Community, T: 020 7566 6634 | M: 07776181945 | E: cathy.beveridge@bitc.org.uk
 
About Business in the Community
Business in the Community, part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent. We exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.
 
We use our Responsible Business Map to guide members on a journey of continuous improvement, working across the whole responsible business agenda. From community engagement to employment, diversity and the circular economy, we offer expert advice and specialist resources, driving best practice by convening, sharing learning and recognising great performance across our influential network. www.bitc.org.uk 
 

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