Complex Value Optimisation for Resource Recovery from Waste (C-VORR)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Civil Engineering

Abstract

Our modern industrial society produces increasing amounts of waste. Yet many of these wastes might either contain useful materials (perhaps metals or nutrients) or could themselves be used as an input for another process (maybe as a fuel or raw material). Recovering these resources from wastes is an important part of waste management and normally involves collecting wastes from an industrial process, organisation or community and then carrying out sorting, reprocessing, recycling or incineration. All these activities have benefits and impacts in many different ways, for example:

* the economy: benefits come from selling the recovered materials, while the impacts are the costs of collection, processing etc;
* our society: providing reprocessing jobs is a benefit, at the cost of harsh rules on rubbish collection;
* the environment: preventing harmful materials from being dumped helps the environment, but reprocessing may involve carbon emissions or use of more resources;
* our health: keeping the streets clean prevents disease, but some recycling jobs may be dangerous.

When choosing which resource recovery system is best, it is difficult to weigh up all these factors. Often, we simply 'bolt on' a piece of technology to the end of the process, worrying mainly whether it is cost-effective and often assuming that because we are recovering resources, the environmental impact is automatically good. But many recovery systems have 'hidden' impacts that require complex analysis to untangle. Studies have shown that in some cases, collection and recycling of plastic bottles produces more carbon dioxide and uses more resources than simply making new bottles; a hidden environmental impact. In fact, much of our plastic waste is exported to the Far East, where it is reprocessed by workers in unhealthy conditions paid very poor wages; a hidden social and health impact. Until we have a method for weighing up all these factors, poor decisions driven by faith in simplistic ideas such as 'the waste heirarchy' will continue to be made.

In the C-VORR project, we will bring together scientists, engineers, mathematicians and economists to help build this method. Working with our industry partners and international experts, we will look at processes that produce waste; not just at the 'end of the pipe' , but upstream and downstream throughout the whole system. We will examine the flows of materials through these systems and see how their 'complex value' - the balance of their economic, social, environmental and health benefits and impacts - changes as we adjust the system. This will allow us to identify the adjustments - perhaps a change in the way a product is made, or a new recycling process, or using the waste from one system as the input to another - that give us the best value overall; not just in terms of money, but also in terms of the effect on our health, happiness and environment. To do this, we will need to combine scientific and engineering methods that measure flows with ways of measuring benefits and impacts, checking how these vary with time and space. We will have to completely redefine value, using unorthodox economic thinking to help us.

If we get this right, then we can completely change the way that we look at recovering resource from waste, and instead talk about preventing value from being dissipated into waste in the first place. We will have a tool that will not only let us decide which recovery technology - or change to the process - is best for society and the environment, but that can also identify business opportunities to recover previous hidden value. It will allow us to move away from simplistic ideas about recycling and reprocessing that may have unintended consequences, and give us all a more sophisticated understanding of how to best preserve our scarce resources, our precious environment and the quality of not just our lives but those connected to us; in this globalised world, that's everyone.

Planned Impact

The commercial private waste management sector - at first those represented by the C-VORR stakeholders but in time the industry as a whole - will benefit by having access to tools and expertise that can be used to assess the effectiveness of multiple proposed interventions into their waste producing systems and ensure that the right decisions are made for economic, social, health and environmental reasons. C-VORR will also help to identify how real industrial symbiosis can be achieved by maximising the multi-dimensional value for all companions, not just a subset, in order to increase the likelihood that such arrangements can be carried forward. It is likely that applying C-VORR analysis to wider systems may well identify 'hidden value' that is current being dissipated, and thus new business models and opportunities would arise leading to increased employment in the sector.

C-VORR will have wider appeal to manufacturers and service providers - the waste generators - for whom the benefits of reduced waste disposal costs, added value of resource recovery and new markets for by-products will be further supplemented by reduced environmental/health risks, well designed incentives and improved societal benefits, all of which will contribute to strengthening UK plc.

The methodology will also help policy makers to make more objective decisions, ensuring that environmental waste legislation does not inadvertently cause upstream or downstream impacts elsewhere in the system, or lead to unethical 'problem shifting' of environmental, health or social impacts to less economically developed countries. Some current legislation is driven by dogma or lobbyists who either do not have the analytical tools to fully assess their proposals, or have an agenda; the C-VORR methodology should prevent these voices from gaining the upper hand. We would expect the methodology to be adopted by the regulators in many instances in order to inform regulatory practices that maximise multidimensional benefits. Adoption of common, independent tools by the commercial and regulatory sectors would promote more effective communication between the two and reduce the conflicts that often arise from a mutual misappreciation of motives.

The clamour for robust valuation methodologies that can incorporate social, health and environmental factors into 'cost-benefit' analyses comes from far beyond only the resource recovery sector - infrastructure specifiers and regulators in particular are actively seeking such methods - and thus this is a chance for the NERC/ESRC community to take the lead in demonstrating that such holistic assessments are not only possible but also practical across a wide range of fields.

We aim to additionally produce a set of relatively simple public-facing tools. As well as providing user groups (communities, schools, NGOs etc) with analysis capability, these will also demonstrate that reliance on environmental dogmas without assessing the bigger picture can occasionally have unintended consequences. This will provide the public with a more sophisticated view of waste management issues in general and in particular, how their activities can help aid resource recovery from waste, reduce our environmental impact and preserve scarce resources.

The principles developed in C-VORR are not UK-specific and indeed our 'systems of provisions' approach necessitates a global analysis; thus the expertise and tools developed in the project will become valuable exports for UK plc, reinforcing Britain's reputation for applied scientific expertise across the world in the commercial, regulatory and political arenas. The staff employed on the project will gain a unique set of increasingly valuable interdiscplinary skills and are likely to become highly sought-after not only by the waste management industry but across academic, commercial and policy-making sectors around the world.
 
Description NB: The CVORR grant has two aspects: (1) the core science research associated with the original CVORR research objectives and (2) the deliverables associated with the RRfW Programme Coordination Team, which were administered through the CVORR grant. Thus there are two sets of key findings/impacts.

(1) CVORR

The grant is still live but some key findings to date include:
* there is a large suite of metrics that can be used to measure value creation and dissipation in the social, environmental, technical and economic domains. We have categorised these metrics and are working on ways of selecting the right mix of metrics for any given problem.
* apart from 'financial' metrics (i.e. profit and loss), environmental metrics are well-developed; technical metrics (i.e. properties) are specific to each system; while social and economic metrics are not well developed.
* modelling the creation and dissipation of value through complex systems is difficult, but not impossible. It requires a combination of formal mathematical and qualitative narrative analysis, in particular an understanding of 'non-mainstream' economic theory that takes into account production, consumption and the power relations between the actors in the system.
* there is a huge appetite for a model that can cope with value in all these domains. We have applied the model to a number of systems including plastics, construction and demolition waste, and the interlinked electricity-concrete-steel manufacturing systems to uncover how value can be created and destroyed, in multiple dimensions, by hidden links between systems. Our key case study has been of the interlinked electricity generation, steel production and concrete manufacture industries, in which by-products from the first two are used as purportedly low-carbon inputs for the third. As all three global sectors seek to decarbonise, CVORR has shown that complex technical and economic interactions between them cause counter-intuitive effects that will influence their decarbonisation strategies.

(2) RRfW

Resource Recovery from Waste set out to contribute to radical change in waste and resource management. The highly diverse themes, people and projects brought together in the programme offered a fertile context within which the following radical ideas and exciting discoveries emerged:
* There are thousands of valuable resource hubs in the UK alone. Our legacy of landfilled industrial, municipal, metallurgical and mining wastes are valuable resource hubs that contain important elements for clean growth, many of which are currently 100% imported into the UK.
* Capitalising on the resource potential. Regulation should shift away from a primary focus on waste treatment to embrace the economic, social and environmental opportunities associated with resource recovery.
* Integrated technologies for integrated resource flows. Many resource flows and products contain tightly-bound mixtures of biological and "technical" materials, and the concentration of materials targeted for recovery can be low. A new generation of technologies has been developed that enables the integrated recovery of minerals and metals, biomass and/or aggregates while generating power, treating wastewater and/or restoring soils and land.
* Extended carbon benefits of resource recovery. Resource efficiency is the single greatest potential contributor to decarbonisation of the UK economy. Moreover, bioelectrochemical technologies can turn CO2 into chemical feedstock, while alkaline soils can become carbon sinks through resource recovery processes.
* Low-impact, low-energy, low-cost. The integrated design of many RRfW processes optimises the use of waste materials, power, heat and even "waste-light", while external energy input and costs are reduced. The use of waste-based components in resource recovery systems helps to further limit costs and enhance technology effectiveness. Integrated systems require sponsors to overcome the 'silo' approach and be prepared to share both risks and benefits.
* Extreme recovery. Technologies tested in the lab and/or field proved to be extremely effective with recovery rates of targeted materials of 95-99%. 'Second life' use of recovered materials into value products has been shown in case histories, removing some of the barriers to change.
* Bio-related technology for targeted recovery. Technologies incorporated the selection and use of microbes that are naturally responsible for the mobilisation of resources such as precious- and base metals. Conversely, neo-nanoparticles with catalytic properties for resource recovery or green chemical synthesis can also be engineered with the help from microbes and integrated into systems for resource recovery.
* Quality matters. Waste management should focus on enhancing the quality of resources recovered and reused rather than the mass or volume of material processed. Large volumes of waste are sometimes unavoidable, such as with acid mine drainage, but the majority of such waste streams can be valorised by focusing on the qualitative characteristics of all materials therein.
* Multidimensional value. A major barrier to recovering materials is the lack of methods that can account for creation of value in social, environmental and technical domains, in addition to economic aspects; we have developed a framework that can address this.
* There are multiple types of circular economies. There are different types of circular economy that can be realised, in which different positive (benefits) and negative (impacts) values are created. The economic, social, environmental and technical values that are created and destroyed in circular economy scenarios should be assessed and integrated into decision-making processes.
* Circular economy is an engine for value redistribution. Monetary benefits generated through the preservation of technical value of materials and products should be used for the creation of net-environmental and social gains, and this is a stepping stone to the ideal situation in which the creation of social and environmental benefits through better resource use are rewarded economically.
Exploitation Route (1) The findings of CVORR will allow better decisions to be taken regarding waste management, providing evidence to support the choice of management options that promote benefits and reduce impacts in the social, technical, environmental and economics domains. We have also placed a greater emphasis on how changes in 'upstream' processes can have profound effects on waste management practices and efficiency. We have introduced ways of combining technical and non-technical data to make decisions on resource recovery, and have demonstrated how multiple objectives can be combined and how uncertainty affects the results.

(2) The RRfW programme and our projects have made considerable contributions to research, innovation, policy, and general thinking about wastes and resources across academia, industry and government. The delivery of impacts will continue to take shape beyond the duration of the programme.
Several initiatives to continue academic research and upscaling of technologies and approaches with innovation funding are in preparation within the RRfW community. This includes applications for programmes and projects, and KTPs and impact acceleration funding with a focus on the UK and overseas.
The continuation of research and innovation activity is an important vehicle for on-going engagement and impact delivery outside of universities. A new wave of programme and projects will help to provide continuity for our network, enabling engagement in agendas that are transforming over longer periods of time such as around environment, resources, decarbonisation, infrastructure and industrial strategy.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Construction,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

URL https://rrfw.org.uk/
 
Description NB: The CVORR grant has two aspects: (1) the core science research associated with the original CVORR research objectives and (2) the deliverables associated with the RRfW Programme Coordination Team, which were administered through the CVORR grant. Thus there are two sets of key findings/impacts. (1) CVORR Although the project is still live, the multi-dimensional systems value approach central to CVORR is gaining traction across industry and policy makers. We have held numerous engagement events and contributed to various policy development activities. CVORR contributes a key section to the narrative in waste management that we should move away from 'end of pipe' solutions that just treat waste to system-level responses that deliver maximum value in the social, environmental and technical domains, as well as being economically viable. CVORR has provided input into Defra's Resource and Waste Strategy, particularly on new metrics that move towards quantifying resource productivity. RRfW and waste management businesses have expressed interest in applying CVORR to their current business models and potential future modifications, highlighting CVORR as an adaptable approach. CVORR is making impact internationally: it is being applied in Buenos Aires to unravel how the informal recycling sector might improve plastic recycling, investigating food sovereignty in co-produced research with East African smallholders, and evaluating the impact of using 'door to door' recyclable collectors in Mumbai. Integration of CVORR with the HMG 'Green Book' guide for evaluating infrastructure spending is under way in collaboration with policy makers in various government departments, launched at a House of Commons event in November 2018. The CVORR approach is being used in other projects: impact acceleration grant working with Defra on plastic packaging system assessment in England to help identify and remove policy barriers and promote good recycling practice; iCASP 'Green-Blue Infrastructure' project will use CVORR framework to look at natural landscaping in urban areas; and analysis of recycling in Brazil as part of a Marie Curie Fellowship. Approaches from CVORR are being included in a new MSc level module "Circular Economy and Resource Recovery from Waste", putting the University of Leeds among the few leading academic institutions in the UK delivering teaching modules focused explicitly on 'circular economy'. (2) RRfW RRfW has been a consistent voice in a network of leading organisations in circular economy, sharing our view that we need a circular economy in which waste and resource management contributes to clean growth, human well-being and a resilient environment. An important moment of collective learning has been the realisation that we can create different types of circular economy such as a closed loop economy primarily dependent on energy-from-waste, or with a greater emphasis on material recycling, or designing wastes out of the production-consumption system altogether. These different types of circular economy could create and destruct different economic, social, technical and environmental values. What is needed is a sustainable circular economy within the environmental limits such as indicated by the planetary boundaries and that secures the social foundations for human well-being. A circular economy could use the preservation of technical value of materials for the delivery of economic, social and environmental net-gains. This narrative has become embedded and sprouted in various areas of government and industry strategy. Further actions are required to continue these transformative changes by actors across society, to continue rolling out the start of a radical change in thinking well beyond the resources and waste sector and to translate thought into practical actions in favour of a sustainable circular economy.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Construction,Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description 25 Year Environment Plan
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact RRfW responded to the Defra consultation on the indicator framework for the 25 year environment plan: Velenturf, A.P.M. and Purnell, P. (2019) Measuring Net-Environmental Improvements: Response to the 25 Year Environment Plan Indicator Framework Consultation by the Resource Recovery from Waste Programme, for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Our response was part of an on-going conversation around striving for, and ensuring government can measure, net-environmental gains (as well as measuring economic, social and technical values where relevant). There are clear signs of radical change in thinking around the management of environment and resources, but on-going efforts are likely to be necessary to fully embed the idea of net-gains into practice.
URL https://rrfw.org.uk/2019/01/28/measuring-net-environmental-improvements-25-year-environment-plan-con...
 
Description Appointed Fellow on University of Cambridge Construction Engineering Masters programme.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The CEM programme is a Master-level qualification for construction and manufacturing industry professionals. I was appointed to deliver material and supervise dissertations in Critical Materials and Automation of Construction.
URL https://www.construction.cam.ac.uk/cem-programme
 
Description BEIS consultation on guidelines for offshore decommissioning plans
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact The response was included in the summary report of recommendations taken on board to update the guidance for the decommissioning of offshore renewable energy installations under Energy Act 2004. Specifically in point 16 "There were also comments about the need for more focus on waste management, including the risk that the durability of infrastructure, and costs of decommissioning, are underestimated." This was a direct finding from the preparatory work carried out for the workshop on decommissioning of low-carbon infrastructure in January 2018 - full report here https://resourcerecoveryfromwaste.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/workshop-proceedings_decommissioning-low-carbon-infrastructures.pdf
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/offshore-renewables-decommissioning-guidance-for-industr...
 
Description BEIS industrial strategy consultation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Resource Recovery from Waste contributed to the Industrial Strategy consultation. Our main argument was that resource access had to be recognised as a part of the industrial strategy. Sustainable resource use and better waste management are essential for a healthy environment and can deliver social benefits and clean growth in all areas of the UK. Our contribution was one of the many and a direct impact is difficult to prove. However, we note that resource and waste management are increasingly integrated as part of a series of new strategies and plans put forward by the government in the past year such as through the Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth Plan, 25 year Environment Plan and the forthcoming Resource and Waste Strategy and National Infrastructure Assessment. The URL refers to the formal consultation that we contributed to and we also published our views at https://rrfw.org.uk/2017/01/24/building-an-industrial-strategy-for-a-stronger-waste-and-resource-management-sector/
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/building-our-industrial-strategy
 
Description BEIS workshop on 2050 INDUSTRIAL ROADMAPS AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Contributed to BEIS workhop on strategy for circular economy; Resulted in BEIS workshop report including perspectives and findings from the Resource Recovery from Waste programme; this includes solution directions for societal and environmental issues such as overexploitation of natural resources, pollution, sustained energy provision etc.
 
Description Consultation on BS8001 "Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations - Guide"
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact BS8001 provides guidance for industry to implement circular economy practices. Resource Recovery from Waste contributed to the review process of the draft standard: - Added further general concepts to overview figures on circular economy - Added the RRfW vision that not every circular supply chain is a good one, but that we need a CE within environmental and social boundaries. They already mentioned planetary boundaries in the draft, and I clarified this text and added that society and economy are dependent on environment as well as adding a sense of urgency (some other comments indicated CE was perceived sort of a luxury, i.e. more optional than it is rather than perceived as necessary) - Added comments on levels of business model innovation. They did speak about value creation and at various points in the draft included environmental and social aspects, however, when it came to the value optimisation focus was back to purely economics. Hence I added feedback on including environmental and social values. - Added some further minor comments
URL https://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/NoSuchPage
 
Description DEFRA Waste and Resource Sectors Working Group on Data
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact From 2017-2019 RRfW has regularly presented research findings in this group with representatives from relevant government departments, environmental regulators, and senior/ executive representation from the wastes and resources sector. We have contributed to changing the narrative around wastes and resources, embedding circular economy thinking and a drive towards more material recovery and waste prevention in policy and practice. We have communicated numerous well-received recommendations to make government's institutional structure, governance practice, and policies and regulations more effective - contributing to environmental, social and economic benefits. Recommendations from across RRfW programme and project research were brough together in two policy and practice notes (see Policy Impact Project).
 
Description Ellen MacArthour Foundation - New Plastics Economy
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact https://newplasticseconomy.org/publications/report-2016 Major publicity for the inaugural report, leading in changes in attitudes towards resource recovery from waste plastics, which our team supported (Dr Velis as part of the Advisory Board) and Dr Hahladakis and Dr Iacovidou, CVORR PDRAs as researchers who provided info and support in the creation of the report.
URL https://newplasticseconomy.org/publications/report-2016
 
Description International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) - Task Force on Resource Management
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Authorship of main report (Circular economy: Closing the loops. ISWA Resource Management Task Force Report No.3) and video.
URL https://www.iswa.org/index.php?id=1528
 
Description National Infrastructure Assessment - Workshop
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Participated in expert workshop on waste infrastructure, recommending future government investments in support of increasing sustainable waste and resource management.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-uks-first-ever-national-infrastructure-assessment-enters-its-...
 
Description National Materials Datahub
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact RRfW has been one of the voices recommending a better data infrastructure for material stocks and flows to support decision making in government and industry. In response the government has initiated the development of the National Materials Datahub. RRfW continues to be involved via regular advisory meetings to ensure benefits of the hub can be realised, such as industrial strategy development aligned with circular economy ambitions, providing certainty for investors, and system level net-environmental gains.
 
Description Participatory Situational Analysis workshops - reported changes in practice
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This impact is a result of the mini-project analysing how policy and regulation can support resource recovery. The impacts and mechanisms of effective delivery are discussed in detail in Chapter 5 of the synthesis report (URL provided below). They mainly pertain to actions to broaden local networks of stakeholders involved in adopting circular economy and how they should be engaged, and preparation of particular supply chain networks to adopt RRfW technologies. Other impacts were aimed at student education, inventorying and dealing with barriers and benefits for resource recovery innovations that go beyond finance alone, facilitating uptake of circular economy practices in industry, developing a new guideline for soil recovery, and using the PSA workshop model in another research project.
URL https://resourcerecoveryfromwaste.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/rrfw-psa-synthesis-report_final.pdf
 
Description Policy Connect "The Brexit Series: Redesigning Waste & Resource Policy Outside the EU"
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.policyconnect.org.uk/apsrg/events/brexit-series-redesigning-waste-resource-policy-outside...
 
Description Policy Connect "The Brexit Series: Redesigning Waste & Resource Policy Outside the EU"
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Uptake of Resource Recovery from Waste programme perspective and findings in policy report.
URL http://www.policyconnect.org.uk/apsrg/file/604/download?token=YF-yBU5-
 
Description Priorities for UK waste and recycling policy and developing the circular economy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Resource Recovery from Waste started put "circular economy infrastructure" on the political agenda, by raising awareness around the barriers to investment in circular economy infrastructure and the associated policy and regulatory areas where changes are required; evidence by citation of spoken and written contribution with reference to Resource Recovery from Waste and CVORR publications. Recognition is growing within the political arena, contributing to change in the governance of wastes, resources and circular economy; ultimately this may lead to an actual change in policy, regulation and the management of wastes and resources.
URL http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/publication/waste-and-recycling-2017
 
Description Resources and Waste Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Resource Recovery from Waste has influenced the Resources and Waste Strategy at various points including but not limited to: - Expert workshop on 19 April where Defra and WRAP invited input on the general contents for each section of the forthcoming strategy. RRfW's recommendations were included in the proceedings of this workshop. - Academic expert workshop on 18 June with a select group of ca. 10 academics providing evidence on a number of specific subjects and questions. RRfW's recommendations, in particular around the valuation of resources, were included in the memo following this workshop. - Numerous email communications in which we provided additional evidence such as via our Policy and Practice Notes and publications from across our projects. We also influenced the strategy via the Defra waste statistics group and publically at policy events. - RRfW was invited for a roundtable meeting with the Defra team who was writing the strategy, offering the opportunity to directly discuss our recommendations in depth. - Contributed to meeting on 'Targets, Metrics and Monitoring needs for the Resource and Waste strategy'. The strategy reflects the RRfW narrative at various points in the document, and directly cites three of our publications and reports. The RRfW formal response to the strategy will be published on our website and shared with contacts at Defra.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/resources-and-waste-strategy-for-england
 
Description Submission to National Infrastructure Commission Call for Evidence
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-infrastructure-assessment-call-for-evidence
 
Description UKSSD open letter to prime minister "Sustainable development is good for UK business" - co-signed by RRfW industry members
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL http://ukssd.co.uk/open-letter-press-release/
 
Description Vision for a circular and bioeconomy for the Humber region with John Prescott
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description EPSRC - Pump Priming for Global Challenge Research 2017/2018 - University of Leeds (GCRF Institutional sponsorship)
Amount £61,942 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Lancaster University Faculty Impact Grant
Amount £9,500 (GBP)
Organisation Lancaster University 
Department Faculty of Science and Technology
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 09/2018
 
Description Resource Recovery from Waste Policy Impact Project
Amount £14,150 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Resource Recovery from Waste top-up
Amount £74,878 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description Developing technology, approaches and business models for decommissioning of low-carbon infrastructure 
Organisation Innovate UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Workshop "Developing technology, approaches and business models for decommissioning of low-carbon infrastructure" to co-produce programme grant with industry and government partners. University of Leeds and Resource Recovery from Waste organised the workshop, invited participants, facilitated the event, delivered a keynote presentation, and led on the authoring of the workshop proceedings.
Collaborator Contribution Innovate UK directly funded the workshop; supported in the organisation of the event; invited participants; delivered a keynote on the Industrial Strategy Challenges Fund; co-authored the workshop report. ¦ An expert in environmental sustainability in offshore wind from the University of Hull supported the organisation of the event; invited participants; co-facilitated the workshop; and co-authored the workshop report.
Impact Outcomes: 1) Workshop with 34 participants and development of a wider network of academic, industry and government senior representatives interested in the decommissioning and resource recovery of low-carbon infrastructure; 85% of which are interested to be actively involved in a Leeds-led bid in this subject area, and 75% interested to lead an industry-led ISCF project with 100% of workshop participants interested to partner. 2) Workshop report available on RRfW website. The report got cited by the Green Alliance http://www.green-alliance.org.uk/resources/Completing_the_circle.pdf ¦ Multi-disciplinary programme: engineering, business school/ economics, social sciences, environmental sciences.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Developing technology, approaches and business models for decommissioning of low-carbon infrastructure 
Organisation University of Hull
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Workshop "Developing technology, approaches and business models for decommissioning of low-carbon infrastructure" to co-produce programme grant with industry and government partners. University of Leeds and Resource Recovery from Waste organised the workshop, invited participants, facilitated the event, delivered a keynote presentation, and led on the authoring of the workshop proceedings.
Collaborator Contribution Innovate UK directly funded the workshop; supported in the organisation of the event; invited participants; delivered a keynote on the Industrial Strategy Challenges Fund; co-authored the workshop report. ¦ An expert in environmental sustainability in offshore wind from the University of Hull supported the organisation of the event; invited participants; co-facilitated the workshop; and co-authored the workshop report.
Impact Outcomes: 1) Workshop with 34 participants and development of a wider network of academic, industry and government senior representatives interested in the decommissioning and resource recovery of low-carbon infrastructure; 85% of which are interested to be actively involved in a Leeds-led bid in this subject area, and 75% interested to lead an industry-led ISCF project with 100% of workshop participants interested to partner. 2) Workshop report available on RRfW website. The report got cited by the Green Alliance http://www.green-alliance.org.uk/resources/Completing_the_circle.pdf ¦ Multi-disciplinary programme: engineering, business school/ economics, social sciences, environmental sciences.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Expert advisor for Resource Recovery from Waste 
Organisation Environment Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Sharing of research outcomes, contacts and recent developments.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to co-creation of vision and approach for a circular economy in the UK; lead author of two case studies on RRfW applications presented to EPANET; regular meetings to stay informed about recent developments in government and the waste sector; sharing of relevant contacts.
Impact Outputs include a co-produced conference presentation, article and case studies. It is a transdisciplinary collaboration between academia (i.e. RRfW) and government (EA).
Start Year 2016
 
Description Special session on End-of-Waste 
Organisation Aqua Enviro
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Co-organised a specialist session at the European biosolids and organic resources conferences on 21 Nov 2017 followed by a shared conference dinner with participants from that and the Resource Recovery from Waste annual conference on 22 Nov 2017. Anne Velenturf raised the idea with Aqua Enviro and made a financial contribution to arrange the event space, and Aqua Enviro fully organised the session with expert speakers from industry and government. Afterwards Resource Recovery from Waste continued discussion with the speakers and further interested actors, the result of which culminated in a blogpost published by the Renewable Energy Association and further tacit impacts on the Environment Agency reconsidering their end-of-waste procedures.
Collaborator Contribution Aqua Enviro hosted the special session with Resource Recovery from Waste at their conference. They designed the session programme and invited the expert speakers, and also facilitated the discussion held throughout the session. Aqua Enviro contributed to the communications after the special session and co-authored the blogpost published by REA.
Impact Special session at European biosolids conference. Discussion by email, mainly with staff from the Environment Agency and also companies; raising awareness and partial acknowledgement about improvements for end-of-waste procedures. Identification of research and development opportunities in the composting sector. Blogpost with shared authorship from RRfW, AquaEnviro and the AVAnD project.
Start Year 2017
 
Title TESARREC™ software (Tool for techno-economic and sustainability analysis of resource recovery technologies for Circular economy) 
Description A software tool for techno-economic and sustainability analysis of resource recovery technologies for circular economy (TESARREC™) has been developed at the University of Surrey (MeteoRR team) and is proceeding towards commercialisation. Initially focused on bioelectrochemical systems (Shemfe et al. 2018b), TESARREC™ will be expanding its capability to evaluate sustainability and design of a wide range of wastewater treatment, resource recovery from waste and (bio)remediation technologies for valorisation of waste streams into added value products. TESARREC™ has uniquely embedded life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) encompassing (environmental) life cycle assessment (LCA), (economic) life cycle costing (LCC) and social LCA (SLCA) methodologies, in accordance with the ISO 14040, 14041, 14044 and 26000 standards, to address an important market need by enabling firms to easily design and simulate sustainable process configurations and systems topologies including new innovations for reducing environmental footprints of their waste management facilities. TESARREC™ resolves an unmet market-need leading to benefits to both users and the environment. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact No impacts to report as yet. 
 
Description 'CRETE 2016' 5th International Conference on Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To focus on innovative aspects of Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management, presenting new technologies, describing the state of the art and related case studies, discussing the main controversial subjects, sharing experience among different countries, valuating social and financial balances. The Conference will include oral presentations, poster sessions, special sessions and workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.hwm-conferences.tuc.gr/
 
Description 4th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management - CYPRUS2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To draw on modern solid waste technologies and stimulate the interest of scientists and citizens about the latest developments in the field of municipal solid waste management.
To share the outputs of the CVORR project with specific reference on metrics and get the opinion of other acedemics, practitioners and policy-makers around this topic. Also to find out what other academics and practitioners are doing in this area
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.cyprus2016.uest.gr/
 
Description A Strategy for Valuing Resources, CIWM journal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited article following from the media-coverage earlier in 2018 for the publication "Co-Producing a Vision and Approach for the Transition towards a Circular Economy: Perspectives from Government Partners".

Velenturf, A.P.M., Tregent, M., Holmes, A., Purnell, P. (2018) A Strategy for Valuing Resources. Chartered Institution of Wastes Management journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AD Special Interest Group seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Seminar on generating value from digestate. Aiming for knowledge exchange and networking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.biovale.org/biovale-forms-special-interest-group-on-anaerobic-digestion-ad/
 
Description BBC Radio 4 Plastic Fantastic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Phil Purnell, of RRfW & CVORR, joined Mark Miodownik on the BBC Radio 4 series 'Plastic Fantastic' to talk about the multi-dimensional value of plastic. The series first aired from 15-29 May, and is currently still available on playback. The series explores our love/hate relationship with plastic, why we have ended up with oceans of waste blighting the environment and what science and society can do about it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b450ls
 
Description BBC World News: Interview with Prof Phil Purnell. 9 January 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Phil Purnell did a live interview for BBC World News about the announcement of a 'right to repair' on appliances which are otherwise generally thrown away when they break because the costs of fixing them can be prohibitive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC World Service Radio: Interview with Prof Phil Purnell. 26 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC World Service Radio : 26th November, 20:39 PM GMT - Broadcast. Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) discusses plastics and their chemical properties, drawing on work from CVORR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BPF Event: Recycling the 'Unrecyclable' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Exploration of new and exciting technologies and techniques that will add previously unrecyclable products  to the circular economy and help you meet the EU recycling targets.
Enhance understanding on plastics recycling; challenges and opportunities. Network with people working on the field and speculate on the potential for them to help with data gathering and latest developments on the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Blog: Where is the end of waste? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Following the co-organised session on end-of-waste at the European Biosolids conference with Aqua Enviro, a blog-item was co-authored with Aqua Enviro and academics as well as consulting all speakers from the end-of-waste session.

Velenturf, A. P. M., D. Tompkins, R. Marshall and A. J. Lag Brotons (2018). Where is the end of waste? Renewable Energy Association.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.r-e-a.net/blog/where-is-the-end-of-waste-02-03-2018
 
Description Bondholders business breakfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Networking event with major businesses in the Humber region.

Raise awareness of the RRfW programme and engage potential stakeholders.

Introduced RRfW to 8 businesses.

Planned 1 follow-up meeting with construction engineering business.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.marketinghumber.com/
 
Description Bondholders meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Purpose for participation was identification of new collaborators/ companies interested in RRfW technologies and approaches. It was useful to maintain contacts but no new connections were made.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description British Plastics (online): Wales leads the way towards becoming a circular economy. 29 June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact RRfW research paper on "Co-Producing a Vision and Approach for the Transition towards a Circular Economy: Perspectives from Government Partners" was picked up and commented on by the Welsh Minister for the Environment, Hannah Blythyn, leading to news items in British Plastics, Rebnews, and Government Europa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.britishplastics.co.uk/News/wales-leads-the-way-towards-becoming-a-circular-economy/
 
Description Broadway Initiative: Meeting to develop targets, metrics and monitoring needs for Defra's Resources and Waste strategy. 15 June 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Attended by Rachel Marshall. The aim of the meeting was to come up with the architecture of targets, metrics, data flows and governance the Resources and Waste Strategy would ideally put in place to give society the confidence needed to invest in and secure the stated ambition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CIWM Journal, online: Revaluing Recycling. 16 May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article written by David Wilson (President of CIWM and board member of CVORR), titled Revaluing Recycling, published CIWM journal online 16 May 2018. Off the back of the ban from China for accepting recycling, the article highlights the problems we have with sustainable recycling. It says that we need new ways to analyse complex value, considering not just financial but also embedded social, environmental and technical value, and points to the work being done on CVORR in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ciwm-journal.co.uk/revaluing-recycling/
 
Description CIWM North East Centre & IOSH open meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact R3AW collaborator presented at this regional CIWM & IOSH meeting held at the University of Hull. RRfW participated to maintain contacts with key programme collaborators. Discussion was held on the technical and acceptable processing of organic wastes and RRfW contributed by raising awareness around new enabling technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CIWM magazine article "Accelerate:Innovate" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article presenting research results as well as introducing RRfW and PCO in CIWM magazine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CIWM's Waste and Resource Survey 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Shared RRfW insights with CIWM 2017 survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CVORR - 1st International Dissemination Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To facilitate knowledge exchange on resource recovery complexities and establish suitable ways to engage with project partners.
Share of knowledge on resource recovery from waste, and on the barriers and opportunities that come along with the proposed research and model development and the need to keep project partners engaged and involved in the project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CVORR - 1st International dissemination workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To facilitate knowledge exchange on resource recovery complexities and establish suitable ways to engage with project partners
Share of knowledge on resource recovery from waste, and on the barriers and opportunities that come along with the proposed research and model development and the need to keep project partners engaged and involved in the project
Opportunity to engage with all partners involved - enthusiasm to explore the barriers and opportunitites in recovering resources from upstream and downstream of the supply chain - and recognition of the need to break down complexities in the new model development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Circular Economy Centre mapping event Yorkshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop to map circular economy initiatives in Yorkshire, as part of a global movement to map such initiatives in every major city in the world. RRfW participated to put our contacts and projects on the map. This led to further questions from the other participants, raising awareness of the opportunity to recover metals from legacy landfills and that this too is part of the circular economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.circulareconomyclub.com/circular-economy-mapping-week/
 
Description Circular Economy and the Future of Waste Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Policy Public Exchange organised an expert workshop on circular economy, attracting policy makers such as MPs, industry representatitves, academics and local authorities. There were part to the day, each with a seminar of 4 presentations followed by an hour discussion. I shared key recommendations from Resource Recovery from Waste via questions and comments to the panels and audience, with the prime aim to get the waste industry to consider future developments at the top end of the waste hierarchy which requires business model innovation. I also planted recommendations for the Resources and Waste Strategy. We need to wait and see if these engagements have an impact, however, further discussions have been held with key industry actors via email and meetings in person to speak about business models. Plans are being made for further research and innovation activity in this subject area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/IE08-PPE
 
Description Circular Economy: The Role of Biowaste and Plastics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact With the Circular Economy Package being at the top of the European waste and resources management agenda, ISWA's European Group aimed at facilitating and advancing the debate between the stakeholders, informing evidence based policies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.iswa.org/nc/events/calendar/eventdetail/show_detail/-f5b8fcf954/
 
Description Co-creation process with governmental partners 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Engagement process aiming to create a shared vision for waste and resource management in the UK. Engaging relevant governmental organisations such as Defra, EA, ZWS, NIC, BEIS etc. Activities include Interviews, virtual roundtable and co-publication of shared vision for waste and resource management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/working-towards-shared-vision-waste-resource-3-key-resource
 
Description Composites UK meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting on 10-11th October in Glasgow to progress Wind Turbine blade decommissioning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Critical Elements and Materials - Network (CrEAM) launch meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Critical Elements and Materials - Network (CrEAM) launch meeting on Tuesday 13 November 2018 at the University of Birmingham
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/metallurgy-materials/news/2018/Critical-Elements-and-Materials-...
 
Description DEFRA Waste and Resource Sectors Working Group on Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Member of DEFRA's Waste and Resource Sectors Working Group on Data bringing together representatives from key government departments including DEFRA, BEIS, DCLG, NIC, DIT, EA (and all devolved counterparts where applicable) and senior management of the waste management industry; there may be more than 50 members in this group but never at any one time in one meeting. Meetings take place 2-3 times per year and RRfW is invited to present key results and policy recommendations. Particularly our critical position on energy from waste leads to strong debate with the industry members of this group including written exchanges afterwards. Applications to recover resources from waste streams are received with interest but commercial concern. RRfW strives to change perceptions and practices of the members of this group, there are no practical impacts to report yet but we are invited to contribute to the Resources and Waste Strategy in various ways and, additionally, get invited to bid for short-term project opportunities through which we could disseminate/ develop our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Daily Express: Call to save the planet by recycling and cut £500m bill for wind farms. 16 January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Call to save the planet by recycling and cut £500m bill for wind farms. Daily Express, 16th January - Print, pages 16-17. Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) will today suggest that the UK could cut its carbon emissions more effectively by focusing more investment on recycling instead of wind farms. Also in: The Herald (print)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Develop website www.rrfw.org.uk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Established and developed the rrfw website, reaching more than a 1000 visitors from around the world in 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL https://rrfw.org.uk/
 
Description Drax site visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Site-visit with CVORR team, aiming to improve understanding of Drax' processes, supply chain, sustainability management etc. + share CVORR approach with Drax partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description End-of-Waste special session at European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The aim of this special session was to understand how end-of-waste procedures could be best navigated, especially in the absence of an active definition of waste panel. Resource Recovery from Waste presented findings from our compost oversize mini-project in which difficulties in achieving end-of-waste led to unintended negative social and environmental impacts, alleged illegal behaviours, and economic difficulties/ bankrupcies in the sector. Further presentations within this session were provided by Environment Agency, Ostara and Secanim (unfortunately two presentations from legal experts had to be canceled last minute). This session was co-organised with- and facilitated by AquaEnviro. The session was well-attended and led to heated debate, overrunning by more than an hour with continued discussion by email in the months after. The Environment Agency acknowledged a few issues which are yet to be translated into an actual change of practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://european-biosolids.com/conference-programme/
 
Description Engineering and Technology Magazine: Funding focus should be on recycling, not wind farms, to cut carbon, says academic. 11 January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Engineering and Technology Magazine: Funding focus should be on recycling, not wind farms, to cut carbon, says academic. 11 January 2019. Online article reporting on the upcoming RRfW Conference 2019 based on press release by University of Leeds. It states that: the government is missing a 'huge opportunity' to reduce the UK's carbon footprint by focusing spending on wind farms instead of materials recycling, according to an academic specialising in resources recovery. At a conference due to take place next Wednesday, University of Leeds professor Phil Purnell intends to explain how the UK's currently poorly-developed recycling activities save approximately 60 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, by displacing the need to mine and process virgin material.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2019/01/priority-in-wind-farming-a-missed-opportunity-for-...
 
Description Engineering-Update.co.uk: Researchers call for renewed Whitehall commitment to achieve waste-neutral economy. 28th November 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Researchers call for renewed Whitehall commitment to achieve waste-neutral economy. Engineering-Update.co.uk 28th November - Online. An article on the joint RRfW and APSRG policy event held at House of Commons on 28 November. Professors Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) and Andrew Brown (LUBS) have spoken about the circular economy and need for government to work more closely together to move the UK towards a circular economy. The report contains links to the RRfW blog 'Urgent action needed by government departments to keep circular economy on track post-Brexit' which highlights the work done on the government's vision of circular economy, and the forthcoming RRfW final Conference (held 16 January 2019).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://engineering-update.co.uk/2018/11/28/researchers-call-for-renewed-whitehall-commitment-to-ach...
 
Description Establish LinkedIn Resource Recovery from Waste network 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Initiated LinkedIn profile for RRfW, inviting key actors in waste and resource management in the UK to join our network - attracting over 300 members and followers in the first year. Sustained outreach activities through regular posting of articles and news, achieving uptake through likes, shares and comments from our network. Received requests for further information and engagement in research activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.linkedin.com/in/resource-recovery-from-waste/
 
Description Establish Resource Recovery from Waste blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Regular publication of blogposts on Resource Recovery from Waste programme activities, authored by academic, government and industry partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.linkedin.com/in/resource-recovery-from-waste/recent-activity/posts/
 
Description Frontier's Research Topic: Resource Recovery from Waste 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Resource Recovery from Waste (RRfW) programme is coordinating a Research Topic in collaboration with the Gold Open Access scientific publishing platform Frontiers and its associated family of journals. We have encouraged participation from across the research community to raise visibility and drive momentum in the resource recovery from waste area. The Research Topic will comprise of a collection of research articles addressing how resource recovery from waste can be achieved as part of a transition towards a circular economy. The Research Topic aims to bring together research works falling under, but not limited to, the following areas: Waste streams; RRfW technologies; "Whole system" design and improvement; Methodological approaches to resource/waste value appraisal; and Waste management/use associated impacts. The Research Topic currently has 3 published articles (further articles submitted and in review), 41 authors, over 3600 page views (1,447 article views, 153 article downloads, and 2,001 topic views).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/7719/resource-recovery-from-waste
 
Description Government Europa (online): Resource Recovery from Waste programme could deliver UK circular economy. 3 July 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact RRfW research paper on "Co-Producing a Vision and Approach for the Transition towards a Circular Economy: Perspectives from Government Partners" was picked up and commented on by the Welsh Minister for the Environment, Hannah Blythyn, leading to news items in Government Europa, Rebnews, and British Plastics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.governmenteuropa.eu/resource-recovery-from-waste-programme/89067/
 
Description Greenport Impact Assessment workshop on renewable energy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Provided expert advice on circular and bioeconomy. Future direction and potential collaborators for resource recovery work identified. This eventually contributed to various related activities including the co-organised workshop on low-carbon infrastructure with Innovate UK and Universitty of Leeds in January 2018 and various very large and smaller grant applications in 2018-2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Grimsby Renewables partnership 2016 annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Conference bringing together offshore wind industry and associated sectors.

Raise awareness for RRfW.

Improved understanding of offshore wind, linkages to other regional industries/ supply chains, and resource management issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Guest speaker at Renewing Renewables (Business Leaders for Low Carbon) event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Anne Velenturf from Exeter University Business School, introduction to Tevi and the "Renewing Renewables" Environmental Challenge Network (ECN) & Professor Phil Purnell from University of Leeds, convener of Resource Recovery from Waste, on circular economy challenges in renewable energy sectors identified at an industry workshop earlier this year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://tevi.co.uk/event/renewing-renewables/
 
Description High Value Chemicals from Plants website (hvcfp.net). Making the business case for resource recovery from waste. 5 Sept 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Short news item on High Value Chemicals from Plants website (hvcfp.net). Making the business case for resource recovery from waste. 5 Sept 2018. The article highlighted the RRfW paper on the business case for resource recovery including a direct link to the paper, a link to the blog of the research on the RRfW website. It also mentioned and linked to the forthcoming final RRfW Conference 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://hvcfp.net/making-the-business-case-for-resource-recovery-from-waste/
 
Description IBTI and BBSRC NIBB conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Closing conference for IBTI project.
Oral and poster presentation to introduce RRfW to the IBTI and associated NIBB network.
Primary audience were academics, with good industry participation too.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description INSPIRE end of project conference: In-situ resource extraction from waste repositories - CPD day Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Represented RRfW at this one day CPD conference which marked the end of INSPIRE "In-situ processes in resource extraction from waste repositories" project funded by NERC. This conference presented the findings of INSPIRE project, engage the stakeholders on the important issues relevant to resource recovery from waste as well as discussing the way forward for resource recovery from waste repositories. The conference included a presentation from a prominent European academic who will highlight the European perspective of resource recovery from waste including barriers and opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-situ-resource-extraction-from-waste-repositories-cpd-day-conference-...
 
Description ISWA European Working Group event on "Circular Economy: Resources and Opportunities" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To facilitate knowledge exchange on latest activities around CE and to stimulate discussions on current actions and steps forward.
Understand the opportunities that CE can provide on resource recovery and discuss the challenges of closing the loops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description KTN newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Introduction of RRfW on KTN website and invitation for industry to take part in the RRfW co-creation process for a shared vision and approach for circular economy in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ktn-uk.co.uk/news/promoting-resource-recovery-from-waste-in-the-uk
 
Description Knowledge Exchange Network meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Conference aiming to enable knowledge exchange between KE fellows.
Improved understanding of KE practice, balancing outreach with content generation, etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nerc.ac.uk/latest/events/list/ken-nov16/
 
Description Leeds Eco-fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Trade fair with local SMEs.

Raise awareness for RRfW; Engage potential stakeholders and partners for uptake of programme outcomes.

Introduced RRfW to 12 exhibitors.

Impact on RRfW activities: Better understanding of B2B and reverse logistics material flows in the Leeds area; Understanding for which industries RRfW outputs may be relevant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.eco-fair.co.uk/
 
Description Marine and Riverine Plastic Pollution - Academic/NGO Joint Workshop 3rd March 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A workshop to work towards: i) gathering and assessing existing evidence of the sources and pathways of litter from the land into the marine environment; ii) identifying the missing evidence which is preventing practical progress towards reducing marine litter; iii) developing projects and academic research required to fill the evidence gaps; iv) using the evidence to identify and deliver the actions required for improvement, to bring about behaviour change and influence Policy Makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting RRfW projects et al. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Meeting to formulate project around feasibility to implement RRfW vision and technologies in the UK context - as recommended by government partners. Consortium involving AVAnD, B3, INSPIRE, MeteoRR and R3AW + non-academic partners. This resulted in application for mini-project "Participatory situational analysis for the implementation of RRfW technologies and vision". Outcomes of collaboration pending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting RRfW, AVAnD and B3 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss possibility to organise event to facilitate shared RRfW publications etc. Resulted in application for mini-project "The Resource Recovery from Waste Retreat". Outcomes collaboration pending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting RRfW, CVORR and MeteoRR 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Meeting with MeteoRR Surrey team and CVORR team to discuss knowledge exchange project on software/ graphic interface development. This resulted in application for mini-project "Life Cycle Sustainability and Policy Analyses of Plausible Systems for Resource Recovery from Waste (RRfW)". Outcomes of collaboration pending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting RRfW, INSPIRE et al 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Meeting with INSPIRE led consortium forming a public engagement project around copper recovery, resulting in mini-project application "Resource recovery from Parys Mountain: past, present and future: communicating the multifaceted value of mine sites". Outcomes of collaboration pending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting RRfW-AquaEnviro 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact AquaEnviro is an environmental consultancy and part of SUEZ. Meeting to discuss existing involvement in AVAnD and potential further integration into RRfW and projects within the programme incl. R3AW and mini-projects. AquaEnviro provided advice on commercialisation of RRfW technologies; Contribute to RRfW events; Contribute to RRfW outreach activities.
At a later stage, this meeting resulted in:
RRfW published position statement from AquaEnviro in RRfW blogpost series.
AquaEnviro contributed to multi-disciplinary dataset on co-creation shared vision on RRfW.
More to follow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.aquaenviro.co.uk/
 
Description Meeting RRfW-Birch Energy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Birch Energy operates Anaerobic Digestion facilities and provides consultancy on ADs, as part of Singleton Birch, resulting in:
Forge collaboration with INSPIRE (attempted) and MeteoRR (results pending).
Offered use of "mini" AD testing facility for RRfW; Contribute to RRfW events; Facilitated RRfW in public engagement activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.birchenergy.co.uk/
 
Description Meeting RRfW-CIEMAP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Meeting to explore collaboration between RRfW and CIE-MAP. Plans for follow-up activities were made.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting RRfW-DTC Bioenergy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Meeting to explore collaboration between RRfW and DTC Bioenergy in Leeds. Reached agreement for collaborative activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting RRfW-Defra 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Defra statistician and policy lead on circular economy. Explored further collaboration between RRfW and Defra. Collated ideas for further collaboration and agreed regular follow-up meetings. Outputs pending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Meeting RRfW/CVORR-CIWM Northeast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Discuss potential for CIWM Northeast to collaborate with RRfW/CVORR in terms of guest lectures, co-organised site-visits etc. Follow-up plans agreed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting RRfW/CVORR-NIC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Various meetings with National Infrastructure Committee lead on waste + modellers. Agreed further collaborations to contribute to National Infrastructure Assessment call for evidence, expert workshop, and further consultation activities. Also discussed option to integrate CVORR into NIA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meetings RRfW-CIWM/RWM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Discussion with CIWM/RWM about possibility to integrate RRfW annual meeting 2017 with RWM2017. Results pending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meetings RRfW-Environment Agency 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact RRfW engaged various new collaborators in the Environment Agency resulting in:
Contribution to co-creation process design ¦ 2 Circular Economy Project briefs for EPA (http://epanet.pbe.eea.europa.eu/) (work on-going) ¦ Contribution to multi-disciplinary dataset on co-creation shared vision on RRfW ¦ Mini-project "Participatory situational analysis for the implementation of RRfW technologies and vision" . (all multi disciplinary)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meetings RRfW-beWasteWise 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Meetings with beWasteWise to discuss how we can collaborate on engagement and dissemination. Proposals for collaboration formed and outputs pending agreement with RRfW coordination + executive teams.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MeteoRR final conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Anne Velenturf and Juliet Jopson represented RRfW at MeteoRR final conference, 9-10 May 2018. The results on "Making the the business case for resource recovery", based on the RRfW 2017 conference results and subsequently published in Science of the Total Environment, were presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325119098_How_to_Make_a_Business_Case_for_Resource_Recovery
 
Description NERC Industrial Innovation Fellowship Expert Meeting 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at the launch event of Kok Siew Ng's NERC industrial fellowship at the University of Oxford. Kok Siew was part of the MeteoRR project team at the University of Surrey and was one of our most active researchers on the RRfW mini-projects; RRfW has strived to support his academic- yet impact-facing career development. This fellowship is the next stage demonstrating that he successfully moved to the next stage in his career. The launch event brought together academics and companies on the interface of circular- and bioeconomy. I presented the business case for resource recovery (subsequently published in Science of the Total Environment). Plans were proposed to continue collaboration on business models and government policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/about/news/fellowship-project-aims-to-explore-approaches-to-reducing-organic...
 
Description NERC Knowledge Exchange Network meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact NERC KEN meeting on sharing best practice in impact and engagement, attended by Anne Velenturf.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Northern Powerhouse seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Conference with networking opportunity hosted by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

Discuss collaboration around Humber estuary and integration within Northern Powerhouse.

Introduced RRfW to 9 participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.humberlep.org/
 
Description Outreach activities via twitter @RRfW6 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Sustained outreach campaign reflecting the RRfW vision aiming to get first engagement into the programme activities, ultimately aiming for uptake of our vision and other research outcomes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL https://twitter.com/RRfW6
 
Description Participatory Situational Analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A workshop series was organised as part of the RRfW mini-project "Participatory Situational Analysis" (PSA) to answer the question: How can policy and regulation support resource recovery? In 2017-2018 4 workshops were held. Each workshop consisted of 2 parts, with a focus on resource recovery in general in the morning and a specific resource recovery application in the afternoon. We also assessed perceptions of circular economy at the start of the workshop, and whether these had changed at the end of the event. We strived to attract participation from government, industry and academia, to enable discussion between these types of actors because we think this will provide a basis for mentality- and practice change. The PSA team consists of members from PCT, R3AW, MeteoRR, AVAnD, B3 and INSPIRE. ¦ Workshop 1: Belfast. 17 participants from DAERA, NISP NI, Strategic Investment Board, AFBI, Arc21, WRAP, ADBA, etc. After the workshop, 92% of participants reported to have learned something new and 75% considered changing their day-to-day practice. ¦ Workshop 2: Edinburgh. 10 participants from various industry and academic organisations. 100% reported new things learned, 50% plans to change practice. ¦ Workshop 3: Cardiff. 10 participants. 100% reported new learnings and 70% shared ideas to change practice. ¦ Leeds: 16 participants, 100% reported to have learned something new but only 36% indicated to change practice. Four confidential workshop reports and a publically available synthesis report were produced. A peer-reviewed publication is in preparation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://rrfw.org.uk/results/events/knowledge-exchange-workshops-on-rrfw/
 
Description Paul Hudson Weather Show, BBC regional radio: Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC regional radio. Broadcast BBC Leeds 26 January, BBC York : 27th January. Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) discusses Resource Recovery from Waste - a collaborative research programme engaging academia, industry, government and the general public to develop knowledge and tools to reduce pressure on natural resources and create value from wastes. Promoted on LinkedIn by Anne Velenturf: 460 views and 10 likes in 7 days.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p016jv8d
 
Description Policy Forum for Wales - Policy on waste in Wales, next steps for management, energy generation and the circular economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Attended the event with the aim to learn more about waste management and circular economy initiatives in Wales, and to build a network of contacts in government of Wales. Cultural and political differences between England and Wales in the promotion of circular economy were identified, helping to shape on-going policy engagement work led by Resource Recovery from Waste. Contacts were strengthened and made with key government contacts including head of waste strategy and the Treasury directorate working on landfill tax.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Policy UK forum: Reuse, remanufacture and recyle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Aim for participation of this event was to maintain/ develop new contacts and to stay informed about circular economy developments outside academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation for HCF Catch Environmental Managers network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Present PhD results and raise awareness of RRfW and engagement opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://hcfcatch.com/environmental-managers/
 
Description R3AW workshop Redcar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Workshop in Redcar for data collection on perceptions on economic regeneration and, as part of that, the resource recovery technologies developed by the R3AW team at the University of Hull. RRfW provided a presentation introducing our general vision on resource recovery from waste as well as collaboration. Further insights were shared as part of structured group discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description RRfW Annual Conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Annual RRfW conference - this year for RRfW partners only. Sessions included RRfW showcase and Best Practice Session for Policy making and Regulating Resource Recovery from Waste as well as an exhibition and poster presentations.
1 December two sessions + eight exhibition stands and 26 posters (84 registered, 6 apologies)
o RRfW showcase
o Best practice in policy-making and regulating RRfW
o All presentations accessible online
- 2 December two parallel workshops
o Industry co-creation workshop for shared vision on waste and resource management (31 participants)
o Mini-project workshop (22 participants am, with non-academic participants joining pm)
o Speed networking with participants from both workshops
- Positive feedback on conference organisation, location and programme. Especially the RRfW showcase was very well received. Learning points were conference timing (December was not ideal), include more structured networking activities such as the speed networking earlier in conference programme, and give the exhibition and posters more introduction in speaker sessions to generate more interest.
- Some key points published in RRfW blogpost.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://rrfw.org.uk/resource-recovery-from-waste-annual-conference-2016/
 
Description RRfW Annual Conference 2017 "Making the Business Case for Resource Recovery" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact RRfW annual conference 2017, with participants from academia, industry, government and NGOs - both from witin our existing network and externals. Conference aim was to understand how the business case for resource recovery can be formulated for companies and governmental organisations. The conference programme was shaped to increase our understanding of this business case, inviting perspectives from the UK and abroad. A conference activity was facilitated to identify motivations and challenges for resource recovery, and to identify actions to increase resource recovery. All presentations and the conference programme with further details are available on the rrfw website and conference proceedings have been published. A peer-reviewed publication of the business case for resource recovery, based on the data collected at the conference, is in preparation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://rrfw.org.uk/results/events/resource-recovery-from-waste-annual-conference-2017/
 
Description RRfW LinkedIn 2017-2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In the period March 2017 until February 2018 our LinkedIn community grew to 490 contacts and 517 followers. We tend to post messages 1-2 each month and these attract 150-250 views reported via our own profile and more views may be attracted if messages are shared by others. Only 2 articles (blogs) were posted on LinkedIn this year, because we aim to concentrate our blogs on our own website where we can better monitor interest and impact. In total we estimate that our LinkedIn activities attracted ca. 5000 views this year. Views tend to be from academics and also considerable proportions of CEOs/ directors, policy makers, etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.linkedin.com/in/resource-recovery-from-waste/
 
Description RRfW LinkedIn 2018-2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The RRfW LinkedIn continues to grow, with now over 620 connections and 650 followers. There have been 40+ posts in last 12 month, reaching up to 12 likes and approximately 180 - 430 page views for each post. Over the entire year, we estimate our LinkedIn activities attracted over 11,000 views. Views tended to be from academic researchers, business CEO / business strategists, consultants, and environmental specialists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://uk.linkedin.com/in/resource-recovery-from-waste
 
Description RRfW Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact RRfW quarterly newsletter circulated by email to our academic, government and industry partners. Also shared via rrfw website, LinkedIn and twitter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL https://rrfw.org.uk/results/newsletters/
 
Description RRfW Twitter 2017-2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The RRfW twitter feed continued to grow and now has a following of ca. 230 people. Analyses of the interests of the readers of our tweets suggest the main audience is academic, closely followed by government and industry. From March 2017 until February 2018 we attracted 106263 impressions and 1055 engagements such as link clicks, retweets and likes. Reported impacts from twitter engagements are minimal, but the engagement rate indicates that a small percentage of the followers were interested to find further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/RRfW6
 
Description RRfW Twitter 2018-2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The RRfW twitter account (@RRfW6) has now grown to have over 350 follower. Between 1 March 2018 and 31 Jan 2019, a total of 141 tweets, >197k impressions, just under 1500 engagements (retweets, likes, clicks etc), making an average of 1,400 impressions and 11 engagements per tweet. In addition, we received 194 mentions of RRfW in tweets other than our own. Top engagement was reached by a tweet in June 2018 on the results of the government perspective paper with >13500 impressions and 16 engagements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://twitter.com/RRfW6
 
Description RRfW Website & Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In the period from March 2018 until February 2017 the RRfW website attracted ca 3000 visitors; we do not have insight into the exact visitors and cannot make statements whether they are from government, industry, etc - hence classed as "general public" which is probably incorrect. 15 Blogposts were published in total and further pages were added with conference outcomes, new projects, etc. We are starting to see a growing number of companies contacting us for further details on how to get involved in RRfW.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.rrfw.org.uk
 
Description RRfW Website & Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Since 1 March 2018, the RRfW website has received >4300 visitors and >10k page views. Looking at 2018 overall, the home page received the most traffic, with the RRfW final conference being the most popular page (1245 views) whilst the Policy page has also proved popular with 323 views. During 2018 the blogs overall attracted over 1600 views, with the most popular blog being 'Is the UK's waste infrastructure ready for a circular economy?' (327 views). Whilst the vast majority of the audience are from the UK, views have also come from Europe, America and India. In addition, copies of the RRfW quarterly newsletter are hosted on the website, and were accessed an additional 46 time via this route. The newsletter is also directly emailed to over 70 stakeholders, comprising of a mix of RRfW project members and external interested parties. The website and newsletters have provided a route to disseminate RRfW activities and outputs, and engagement via these routes has included people registering for events and direct queries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://rrfw.org.uk/
 
Description RRfW and APSRG Policy event 'A strategy for valuing resources: incorporating environmental, social and economic value'. 28 November 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A strategy for valuing resources: incorporating environmental, social and economic value. Joint policy event by All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group and Resource Recovery from Waste programme, 28 November, Houses of Parliament, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.policyconnect.org.uk/apsrg/events/strategy-valuing-resources-incorporating-environmental...
 
Description RWM Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Industry trade fair for waste and reprocessing industries.
Raise awareness for RRfW; Data collection; Identify potential new partners; Networking with existing partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.rwmexhibition.com/
 
Description RWM blog "How to promote radical change in the waste management landscape?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Blogpost to introduce RRfW to Resource and Waste Management (RWM) exhibition participants; Sharing RRfW perspective and introducting data collections efforts scheduled during RWM, resulting in more engagement during the trade fair, data collected and uptake of results (via RWM and RRfW blogs).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.rwmexhibition.com/
 
Description RWM, Energy from Waste theatre: Monetising by-products -from residues to revenues 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited contribution to expert panel on the monetising of by-products, with further panel members from Viridor, Chinook Energy, Carbon8 and the dicussion was facilitated by Soenecs. In this session Anne Velenturf introduced the Resource Recovery from Waste programme and focused on technology upscaling efforts made by the AVAnD project to monetise wastes and by-products from AD and bioenergy. The presentation and our position on the use of comparator materials during end-of-waste procedures was met with interest, leading to further conversations, sharing of information and at a later stage contribution to an RRfW mini-project on compost oversize. The website for RWM 2017 is not available anymore, hence the link below to the forthcoming event in 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.rwmexhibition.com/
 
Description Reb News (online): Wales is ahead of other UK nations in developing a circular economy. 28 June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact RRfW research paper on "Co-Producing a Vision and Approach for the Transition towards a Circular Economy: Perspectives from Government Partners" was picked up and commented on by the Welsh Minister for the Environment, Hannah Blythyn, leading to news items in British Plastics, Rebnews, and Government Europa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.rebnews.com/wales-is-ahead-of-other-uk-nations-in-developing-a-circular-economy/
 
Description ResearchGate 2017-2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact RRfW started a ResearchGate project in April 2017. Between April 2017 and March 2019 we attracted: 80 Followers; More than 800 profile reads and over 3000 reads of our ca. 30 updates and outputs posted on our profile; 11 Profile recommendations and more than 30 recommendations directly to updates and research outputs. We regularly receive requests for further information and copies of research outputs. The audience on ResearchGate is almost exclusively academic and we combine this in our communication strategy with channels more popular with business and government such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL https://www.researchgate.net/project/Resource-Recovery-from-Waste-2
 
Description Resource Association Annual Lecture and Reception 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact To facilitate knowledge exchange on waste management initiatives that have the power to bring innovation, political will, job creation, cost reduction and waste prevention.
Learn about initiatives that have increased recycling - what worked to its success ; Networking with policy makers and other professionals from the field of waste management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Resource Association Annual Lecture and Reception 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact To facilitate knowledge exchange on waste management initiatives that have the power to bring innovation, political will, job creation, cost reduction and waste prevention.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Resource Association Annual Lecture and Reception 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Lecture on the need to take action to promote circularity of resources in the UK economy followed by networking with people from industry that are willing to make the transposition from linear to more circular practices. Creating a fruitful communication between the industry, academia and business was the key highlight of both the lecture and of the networking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Resource Recovery from Waste Conference 2019: Resource Recovery for a Clean, Low-Carbon and Resource Efficient Economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The final Resource Recovery from Waste conference brought together five years of research to highlight the relevance of resource recovery for a clean, low-carbon and resource efficient economy. The conference showcased the key achievements of the programme covering: technologies and approaches to recover resources from industrial, mining and organic wastes; novel assessment tools to optimise the value created in resource recovery systems across multiple domains (economic, technical, environmental and social); and a shared vision for the transition a the circular economy, bringing together academic, government and industry perspectives. The conference discussed the policy environment for resource recovery, highlighting where changes are needed going forward to facilitate the transition to the circular economy. In addition, a panel session focused on identifying future challenges and research needed in this area. It was attended by 96 people from academia, industry, public sector and 3rd sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://rrfw.org.uk/results/events/resource-recovery-from-waste-conference-2019/
 
Description Resource Recovery from Waste integration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Resource Recovery from Waste presented at the MeteoRR and LifeScorr meeting the continued aim to build a transdiscipliary community people working on resource recovery. This particular meeting is worth mentioning because there was clear evidence that such community has emerged, with guest presentations from the CVORR and B3 project. Moreover, opportunities were identified to collaborate further after completion of the RRfW programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Resourcing the Future conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Participated in the CIWM conference "Resourcing the Future" in London, attracting waste experts from across the UK with international visitors too. Aim was the maintain industry contacts and stay up to date with waste management and circular economy developments outside academia. At this conference there was particular high attention for "circular economy infrastructure" which, it turned out at the end of the conference, is a subject area riddled with knowledge gaps. RRfW raised awareness for this issue which needs to be solved to effectively promote investment in circular economy infrastructure. This resulted in an invitation for a following event to discuss infrastructure capacity. We also note the industry-led initiative to publish a book in circular economy infrastructure in 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School visits with Birch Energy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Building on an initial meeting with Birch Energy, a mini-project was proposed for Resource Recovery from Waste. While the mini-project was not funded, a part of the proposed activities did go on. Birch Energy organised school visits to speak about waste management with a particular focus on plastics. They identified with the vision of Resource Recovery from Waste and adopted it as part of their own position towards resource and waste management. The company held a number of school visits and also hosted the school for a visit to their anaerobic digester. Two researchers from the CVORR team visited the school for one of the session, to speak about waste management and careers in science and engineering.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Seminar Civil Engineering - modeling circular bioeconomy supply chains 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Invited seminar by Miao Guo, EPSRC fellow on modeling circular bioeconomy supply chains.
In addition to knowledge exchange with civil engineering department, we also organised dedicated meetings with the CVORR team to discuss collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Site visit BioVale 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Site-visit to BioVale; Contribute to outreach activities; Direct relevant RRfW contacts to BioVale; Collaborate on KTP development.
BioVale contributed to multi-disciplinary dataset on co-creation shared vision on RRfW.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.biovale.org/
 
Description Site-visit Biorenewables Development Centre and Wilson Biochemical 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Site-visit to develop new collaboration with BDC and Wilson Biochemical. Agreement was reached about use of BDC/ Wilson Biochemical use of facilities as part of a mini-project within RRfW.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.biorenewables.org/
 
Description Site-visit Waste Management provider 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Site-visit to understand waste and resource flows associated with Freeland Horticulture's composting operations. Consolidated plans for further collaboration in a mini-project including mutual sharing of facilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Transition to a low carbon economy through innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Workshop hosted by Engie at HCF Catch to identify opportunities and barriers to low carbon innovation.

Raise awareness of the RRfW programme, engage potential stakeholders, increase PCT understanding of how innovations can be commercialised.

Introduced RRfW to 9 potential new stakeholders, collected information about Engie's programme to provide seed funding and support staff to commercialise innovations.

Planned follow-up activities with Engie and Northeast Lincolnshire council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://hcfcatch.com/
 
Description UKSSD conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development annual conference. RRfW is affiliated with UKSSD, providing industry contacts for the network as well as receiving a speaker from UKSSD at the RRfW conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ukssdconference.com/
 
Description University of Leeds news story: Focus on wind farms misses 'huge opportunity' to reduce carbon footprint. 16 January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact University of Leeds website, news story: Focus on wind farms misses 'huge opportunity' to reduce carbon footprint. Online, 16 January 2019. Article on the RRfW Conference 2019 and RRfW programme. Prof Purnell is quoted, highlighting that the carbon saving from recycling and resource recovery is about 10 times that of wind farms, but recieves a fraction of the investment from government. The article also mentioned that the research programme has also published two policy briefings covering how recovering and re-using industrial wastes from mining and manufacturing which contain rare metals, and biowaste, could both contribute to the UK's strategic goals of clean growth, resource security and reducing use of fossil fuels and carbon emissions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4350/focus_on_wind_farms_misses_huge_opportunity_to_reduce_carbo...
 
Description Unwrapping the Package - Towards a Circular Economy in Europe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To assess the impact of the Circular Economy Package, to discuss challenges and opportunities for the circular economy and to identify effective policysteps.
Discuss on specific circular economy themes from experiences shared from the industry and identify opportunities on regional, national and European policy level.
Contribution to discussions and circular economy and the need to address the challenges associated with it. Identification of necessary changes that need to be made for creating the right conditions for closing the resource loops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecoap/events/unwrapping-package-towards-circular-economy-europe_en
 
Description Venice 2016: 6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The aim of the Venice 2016 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields.
Presenting on the importance of technical aspects of materials to be included in systemic analyses. Positive feedback on the outputs and selection of paper for Special Issue on Waste Management Journal
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.venicesymposium.it/
 
Description Visit from ProfiKomp 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit from a small delegation of 3 people from the Hungarian company ProfiKomp. This company specialises in odour management solutions for organic wastes. The aim of the visit was to improve understanding of the English regulatory environment. Anne Velenturf hosted this (unexpected) visit, provided the targeted details for as far as possible, and provided referrals to published information and further contacts at the University of Leeds, ADBA, AquaEnviro and BBIA. This company had tried to enter the British market for 2 years and the visit helped them determine final actions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar: The future for waste and recycling policy in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Annual seminar attracting key actors from waste and resource management/ circular economy.
Networking activities with existing RRfW contacts as well as establishing new contacts with key actors in Wales and Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/publication/waste-policy-2017
 
Description Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum - Priorities for UK waste and recycling policy and developing the circular economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Objective for participation was to share RRfW's views on circular economy infrastructure. It was agreed up-front with the organisers that Anne Velenturf would get the opportunity to comment, and this was done in response to Defra's presentation on priorities for waste policy. The comment was included in the transcript together with an article from RRfW with hyperlinks to publications. The event transcript is circulated to all participants and further interested parties. The article was made available also on our website at link https://rrfw.org.uk/2018/02/05/british-infrastructure-not-ready-for-circular-economy/ After the event a leading member of the Environmental Audit Committee reported a change in views, indicating that RRfW has helped to bring "circular economy infrastructure" to the political agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/publication/waste-and-recycling-2017
 
Description Workshop: Tools for Inclusion of Informal Recycling Sector in Global South Circular Economy Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this international workshop we ember the CVORR model into the wider research conducted at the School of Civil Engineering on how to integrate informal recycling systems and build recycling rates in the lower income countries based on the existing activities of the waste pickers. This is the main resource recovery activity in the Global South and the CVORR is anticipated to be a major boost in enabling analysis and decision support for such situations. The CVORR relevant case study (packaging plastics recycling) is in its initial phase in the Global South and it uses data form Brazil and Argentina. This was an excellent opportunity to have all the the wider low-income countries related experts engaging with CVORR: More than 3000 people have seen the webpage on linked in and the results are further channeled via many social media routes.

The workshop is hosted by the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, as part of the Circular Economy & Resource Recovery Research Network, under the auspices of the Cities Strategic Research Theme. The workshop is aimed at presenting the results of recent and on-going studies around the theme of waste management and recycling services carried out by the informal sector in the Global South, and relevance to the circular economy, and is supported by the British Council Newton Fund Institutional Skills Professional Development Programme. Speakers from Leeds' School of Civil Engineering and institutions in Brazil are delivering a workshop themed on waste management and recycling services in the Global South, at Weetwood Hall in Leeds. ThThe event will showcase the portfolio of innovative decision support tools produced by the resource recovery research group of Dr Costas Velis, and will also include keynote talks from esteemed Brazilian researchers: D.Sc Jacqueline Rutkowski of the Instituto Sustentar, and Dr Emilia Rutkowski of the University of Campinas, São Paulo, who have worked extensively on developing understandings of waste picker social technologies. Additionally, it will include a panel discussion about the role of the circular economy in developing countries, with participation from renowned experts: Professor Gary Dymski, Co-Director of Cities Theme, University of Leeds; Professor David C Wilson of Imperial College London; and Dr Anne Scheinberg, independent consultant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/events/event/20131/school-of-civil-engineering/224/workshop:-tools-f...