David Smith / Simon Baldrey

AECOM / Highways England

Highways England’s approach to the circular economy

About David Smith / Simon Baldrey

David Smith

David has over 25 years’ experience of research and consultancy supporting sustainable resource management / the circular economy and is a founder member of IEMA’s Fellow’s Working Group on the Circular Economy. David has applied the key principles of the circular economy to the design, management and delivery of projects for clients across a range of sectors and has worked with Highways England, supporting its approach and transition to the circular economy, since 2015. David is a regular contributor, and occasional Chair, of the Major Infrastructure - Resource Optimisation Group (MI-ROG).

Simon Baldrey

Worked in Highways Agency and Highways England for 18 years. 12 of those as an environmental/sustainability advisor. Some of that time as lead advisor on waste and materials. Responsible for development of a corporate circular economy plan and route map. Recently in a new role as regional efficiency manager I have opportunity to drive CE principles into maintenance and operations.

The seminar will look at Highways England’s corporate approach to the circular economy, including its use of ‘pathfinder projects’ to trial and develop approaches before wider implementation. The seminar will consider recent experience implementing circular economy and resource efficiency approaches to major infrastructure schemes and regional planning with examples of the challenges faced and successes and will conclude with a summary of current activity and next steps.

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