GM Green Summit: Waste + Resources

Waste, resources and buildings were the focal points of day three at Greater Manchester’s 2020 Green Summit, which included a panel discussion with GC Business Growth Hub’s experts.

Posted on 28 October 2020

Waste, resources and buildings were the focal points of day three at Greater Manchester’s 2020 Green Summit, which included a panel discussion with GC Business Growth Hub’s experts.

The 2020 Green Summit, which took place online from 21-24 September, marked the progress being made towards Greater Manchester’s Five-Year Environment Plan and overall goal to become carbon neutral by 2038.

Each day focused on a different theme, with the events available to watch on demand until December:

  • Monday 21 September: Natural Environment & Climate Adaptation

  • Tuesday 22 September: Green Transport & Energy

  • Wednesday 23 September: Water, Resources & Buildings

  • Thursday 24 September: Build Back Better.

 

Wednesday’s sessions included a variety of talks and webinars on topics such as waste management and recycling, behaviour change, building retrofit and energy efficiency.

John Scanlon, chief executive of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK, gave a keynote address about managing waste sustainably in Greater Manchester and the progress that has been made since SUEZ took over municipal waste and recycling across the city region. In 2022, SUEZ plans to open a first-of-its-kind large-scale ‘reuse hub’ to repair and refurbish items back into use.

Transforming buildings

On buildings, a range of experts gave presentations about the importance and progress being made to retrofit Greater Manchester’s homes, commercial properties and public buildings with energy efficient technologies.

There were also webinars on sustainable construction, creating a circular plastics economy in the city region and how to engage staff through carbon literacy.

SMEs

In the afternoon, GC Business Growth Hub’s team of specialist resource efficiency advisors took part in a panel debate to discuss what a green city region means to SMEs specifically.

The team spoke about how forward-thinking businesses were capitalising on the advantages of putting sustainability at the forefront of their decision making, and how other companies can get started on their own sustainability journey.

You can ready a summary of the panel debate here.

 

Posted under General Interest, Carbon Reduction, Energy Efficiency, Material and Packaging Efficiency, Waste Management and Construction on 28 October 2020