Webinar: Closing the Loop: A cross-sector approach to achieving a Circular Economy

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Following the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, nations across the world, including the UK, have committed to ambitious net-zero targets in order to reduce global temperature increases. Simultaneously, there has been a drive to increase biodiversity, while preventing pollutants and waste from entering our natural environment. As the need for a significant change to our economic system becomes increasingly central to achieving these targets, the idea of a Circular Economy is gaining traction.

Based on the principle of eliminating waste and pollution by maintaining products, materials and resources, while also taking steps to regenerate natural systems and energy sources, WIG is delighted to invite you to hear how such a system could be achieved, with speakers including Susanna May, Director of Environmental Quality, Defra; Michael Topham, CEO, Biffa; and more TBC.

By tuning in live you will:

  • Have the opportunity to hear from senior leaders across the sectors about the opportunities of a Circular Economy, both in terms of environmental protection and economic development
  • Understand the practicalities and significant challenges behind achieving a non-linear economy that elminates waste and pollution, and what this would mean for business as we know it
  • Hear how cross-sector collaboration will be key to unlocking the potential of circular economic model, and how industry, government and civil society can work together to achieve transformational change
  • Susanna May

    Director of Environmental Quality

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    Since joining the Civil Service over 20 years ago, Susanna has worked in a number of departments including Defra, Cabinet Office and Department for Transport, as well as for the European Commission. Most of her roles have been in the areas of agriculture, food and the environment, and have ranged from international through to very local in focus. She is currently Director for Environmental Quality, covering areas including chemicals and pesticides, air quality, and resources and waste, and is the Senior Responsible Officer for the Environmental Regulations Europe and Trade Programme. She is passionate about developing her own and others’ expertise in public policy - both policy development and delivery.

  • Michael Topham

    Chief Executive Officer


    Michael was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 29 September 2018, having previously held the role of Chief Financial Officer from 2013. He was appointed to the Board of Biffa plc on 18 August 2016. Michael trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in London, and held positions in both the audit and transaction services practices. Prior to joining Biffa, he was finance director at Greenstar UK Holdings Limited from 2005 to 2010.


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