WRAP's Resources Limited conference

Building business resilience and growing value in a world of scarce resources.

Highlights from the panel debate:
Customer mindset, logistics and liability highlighted as barriers to circular economy
Find the balance between giving customers what they want and reducing the impact of consumption
Design a good product and make it sustainable - key to driving demand for sustainable products
We should value 'services' as much as we value tangible products



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Speaker profiles

Fiona Disengi, Rentez-Vous

After a Msc in Marketing & Creativity from ESCP Europe and professional experience with ASOS, Burberry, L'Officiel Singapore and Sephora, Fiona has launched a unique fashion rental concept, Rentez-Vous, in both London and Paris.

As a pioneer of Collaborative Fashion, Rentez-Vous is a Peer-to-Peer and Designers Fashion Rental Marketplace that aims at revolutionizing the traditional shopping experience by connecting women through their clothes. Never wear the same thing twice without breaking the bank and overconsuming is now possible. Beyond Peer-to-Peer, Rentez-Vous is a unique customers' acquisition channel for fashion brands and the opportunity to integrate co-creation in their traditional production cycles. With many Rentez-Vous events, they now launch their platform to allow people to rent online: www.rentez-vous.com. 


Sean Feeney, Environcom

Sean Feeney has been Chief Executive Officer for environcom since June 2010 and has been instrumental in changing the fortunes of the UK’s number one independent WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) recycler and reuse specialist, by developing a philosophy of doing the right thing with WEEE so it doesn’t cost the earth.  This includes working with a number of charities to supply them with high quality re-use electrical items for their retail operations.

Prior to environcom, Sean has 23 years experience in the retail and logistics sector first with Tesco Plc and latterly with DSGi Group Plc (now Dixons Retail) where he was Group Supply Chain Director, with responsibility for over 3,500 people across 11 countries. In this role he also implemented a market leading Environmental WEEE strategy across the group.

Alan Knight OBE, ArcelorMittal

Alan has over 25 years’ experience of working with global and national companies and governments on sustainability.  He joined the world’s largest Steel company ArcelorMittal in April 2014 as their General Manager for Corporate Responsibility.  Previous to that he was Sustainability Director for Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversaw all their Corporate Sustainability Programmes.  He was also chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Nature Partnership on which he remains a board member.


Carmel McQuaid, Marks & Spencer

Carmel McQuaid is Head of Sustainable Business at Marks and Spencer. Her primary role is working with colleagues across the business as M&S transforms to a much more sustainable business. She leads policy and innovation work on climate change, circular economy, transparency. An important part of this is finding inspirational ways to engage M&S employees and customers. A particular focus is working with NGO, university and industry partnerships to drive mass market sustainability in product supply chains.Prior to M&S she worked as a consultant in manufacturing, supply chain and sustainability for PA Consulting working across a range of industries from aerospace to consumer products. She started her career as a chemical engineer working for National Starch in Germany and the UK. 

James Murray, Business Green

James Murray is the founding editor of BusinessGreen having launched the site in October 2007. He is responsible for BusinessGreen's leading news, opinion and analysis, and also contributes to the brand's expanding events programme. James is one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy. He writes occasionally for the Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories. He reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology. In March 2011, he was voted number eight in the Press Gazette's list of the top 50 environmental journalists in the UK.

Prior to launching BusinessGreen James spent five years as a technology journalist working on a variety of IT titles.


Baroness Scott of Needham Market

Ros Scott was made a life peer in 2000 after a serving as a Councillor in Suffolk. Since entering Parliament she has been a front bench spokesman for the Liberal Democrats on transport, and on housing & local government. In May 2013 she became Chair of EU Sub committee D with responsibility for scrutinising EU matters relating to environment, energy, agriculture and fisheries. In April 2014 the Sub Committee published its report into EU food waste which received high levels of media coverage both in the UK and across the world.

Kyle Wiens, iFixit

Kyle Wiens is the co-founder of iFixit, the repair community internationally renowned for open source repair manuals and product teardowns. iFixit empowers millions of people to repair their broken stuff every month. Kyle has testified on electronic exports to the International Trade Commission and is actively involved in developing global environmental standards.

Kyle regularly speaks on design for repair, service documentation, and the environmental impact of manufacturing. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Wired, and the Wall Street Journal. 

Liz GoodwinDr Liz Goodwin, WRAP

Liz Goodwin is a chemist by background and has a PhD in chemical physics. She held a number of technical and production related roles with ICI and Zeneca before moving into the environmental field within the chemical industry. Liz became CEO at WRAP in 2007 and has worked for the organisation since its early days, joining in 2001 as the first Director of Materials Programme. Since taking over as CEO, the profile of WRAP and the issues of resource efficiency, waste and recycling have increased significantly, partly as a result of wide media coverage.

The organisation is now focused on helping deliver the economic benefits of a more circular economy. This will help address issues such as resource security, increase the competitiveness of UK businesses and deliver financial gains. 


Live comments


Thank you to everyone for joining us this morning for our #ResourcesLtd conference. We hope you enjoyed the discussion!

Anna Holdsworth, WRAP


James Murray now summing up the morning and urging everyone to put at least one thing into action after today.




"It's the examples that are going to make people think this is all possible."

Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP



Panel discussion continues until 1:00pm. If you have a question for the panel, please tweet us with hashtag #ResourcesLtd or add a comment by clicking the 'Join the discussion' button. Please note that all questions will be moderated before being posted. If your question doesn't get answered live, we will endeavour to reply to you directly after the conference.






More national coverage focusing on the announcement of our new esap agreement in the Telegraph and the Guardian.


"There are economic benefits to being more resource efficient."

Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP



"Where this argument [to operate within a circular economy] really resonates is in our carbon footprint."

Alan Knight OBE, ArcelorMittal







Panel discussion and Q&A facilitated by James Murray starting soon


"The circular economy is one way businesses can improve the resilience of their business"

Gerrard Fisher, WRAP


Gerrard Fisher now introducing the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainable Action Plan (esap) with video presentations from Steve Beaman (General Manager UK & Ireland at LG) and Kyle Wiens (CEO, iFixit)




Baroness Scott of Needham Market about to deliver her presentation.


"Today I can announce that we have 50 major players in the electricals sector signed up to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainable Action Plan (esap) agreement which will lead to testing targets. 

This represents 66% of the electricals market."

Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP 




"Today's debate - about the pressures being created within businesses by resource issues - is not hypothetical or conceptual. You know it is real and pressing."

Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP


Dr Liz Goodwin giving her keynote speech at Resources Limited conference


Dr Liz Goodwin is about to take to the podium to give her welcome address. 


18 November 2014, 9:20am

Less than 30mins to go until Liz Goodwin introduces Resources Limited conference.

17 November 2014, 16:48

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