Celebrating International Women''s Day
International Women’s Day was first observed back in 1911, and has since grown into a powerful day to recognise the incredible work done by women across the world. As more industries recognise the positive and beneficial impact, the energy sector is one such industry recognising the amazing work being done by women in the field. Across the world, socially aware programmes and initiatives are beginning to change the male-dominated board rooms into even playing fields.
The Future Resource Expo celebrates International Women’s Day and its #BalanceForBetter theme. With this year’s seminar lineup still to be announced, the Future Resource Expo is expecting a number of influential women to be speaking at the event this year, including some of the experts from previous year’s shows.
Charlotte Morton, from the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, was a keynote speaker at last year’s show. Due to the fact that half of all households in England still do not have separate collections for inedible food waste, Charlotte spoke at Future Resource about the need for separate food waste collections. It has been proven in other countries in the UK that separate food collections have increased recycling rates whilst reducing the amount of food waste - which can be recycled through anaerobic digestion and then turned into renewable energy. Furthermore, Charlotte played a pivotal role in establishing the World Biogas Association to further the uptake of biogas worldwide, proving that she is one of the most influential women in the industry.
Natalie Bennett, the former leader of the Green Party, was also a keynote speaker at last year’s event. Natalie’s seminar was titled - “Sustainable Development Goals: How to prevent the next 100 Dieselgates?” Dieselgate demonstrated that Government policies and corporate actions can’t just consider climate control, and must take these scenarios seriously. Natalie now lives in Sheffield and where she is working full time with the Green Party again. Using her science degree, Bennett plans to address Britain’s energy issues, food security, and farming policy, making Britain a more democratic place. Through her work with the Green Party and further work - Natalie has become an influential figure in the renewable sector.
At the co-located RWM show, there will be the Women From Waste panel debate. Headed by Beverley Simonson, the debate will discuss the accomplishments of women in the waste industry, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. The panel was designed to include men as well, so they can recognise how important the influence women can have on the industry, and the positive results it can bring.
Future Resource is a great supporter of International Women’s Day and the #BalanceForBetter theme.