If ever there was an unmissable date for your diary – this is it

BITC Scotland Director Alan Thornburrow on why Scotland’s Waste to Wealth marks a crucial moment in time.

Another day, another event? Not this one. We all know the clock is ticking on climate change. The WWF say that we are the first generation to know we are destroying the world, and the last that can do anything about it. We need to act collectively - and act now.

That’s why we created our Waste to Wealth campaign; to bring together business, government, academia and civil society to unlock opportunities to double the nation’s resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste by 2030.

Our Scotland’s Waste to Wealth event in Glasgow on 19 February is a great opportunity for businesses of all sizes and sectors to come together and effect real, practical change in Scotland. This is about the power of the collective. This is about leading the way at a crucial moment.

In October 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a stark warning: we have just 12 years to mitigate the risk of catastrophic climate change. This date also marks the endpoint for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

2030 is therefore a critical year, if we are to ensure we have an environment in which business and communities can flourish.

The risks of inaction are enormous, but so too are the opportunities that could be created from a prosperous and resilient, low carbon economy. We must make the most out of precious resources, waste as little as possible and find ways of turning the waste we do create into new wealth.

Governments, investors and consumers are waking up to the challenge and as a result, businesses must rethink their business models to remain successful.

On 22nd November 2018, our colleagues in Business in the Community convened The Waste to Wealth Summit in London hosted by event partner Veolia. Over 200 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society gathered to tackle this challenge head-on. HRH The Prince of Wales delivered a keynote address in which he addressed the urgent need to tackle the resource issue in the UK and explain why business is best placed to meet this challenge.

Now it’s Scotland’s turn.

Scotland’s Waste to Wealth is being delivered in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital. This event will introduce the Waste to Wealth commitment to Scotland and outline the action plan which will help businesses deliver on this commitment, encouraging new signatories.

It will provide expert input on key areas including food waste, built environment and natural capital which we must tackle together in order to achieve the commitment. And it will showcase businesses who are innovating in this space already, to provide inspiration and recognise the progress being made.

Finally, you’ll be able to hear from experts and key speakers included Jeremy Darroch, BITC Chairman and Chief Exec of Sky. Through Sky Ocean Rescue, Sky has committed to eliminating all single use plastics from its own operations, products and supply chains by 2020 while also financially supporting and encouraging new innovation to develop solutions that combat the damage caused by single use plastics in our oceans.

We’re inviting businesses who want to share their story of innovation to join us. Come and discover the way that businesses are changing how they operate in order to eliminate avoidable waste and make resources more productive.  Get some inspiration and answer our challenge:  what can you do in your business to transform waste into wealth?

So please sign up for the Waste to Wealth Commitment. Sign up for the event.

If ever there was an unmissable date for your diary – this is it.