A New Winter Approach 2022 returns in-person

The UK’s leading sustainability conference for the winter service industry returns in-person on the 27th April 2022 supporting local authorities and winter maintenance experts to build an environmentally-friendly strategy in the most cost-efficient way, explore the latest technologies and solutions, and innovate collaboratively to a sustainable future.

We are delighted to announce the return of A New Winter Approach as an in-person event, giving delegates the chance to meet face-to-face and network with neighbouring authorities following two years of lockdown.

Taking place on the 27th April in South Wales, the CPD-accredited conference will bring together our team of seven industry-leading innovators to share best practice information about how to approach the winter season, while showcasing the technologies and services that can offer value and sustainability, helping the industry address some of today’s most pressing challenges.

Hear the latest best practice advice…

Following the success of the digital summit last year, the one-of-its-kind event will give delegates the chance to hear the latest best practice advice from experts on a wide array of topics, covering everything from alternative energy approaches, to maintaining legislative compliance, ways to increase winter service engagement and achieving net-zero.

Throughout the day, attendees will be able to participate in an action-packed programme, including a series of presentations, workshops, Panel Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities.

This year, we are delighted to announce our keynote speaker as Tim-Peppin, Director of Regeneration and Sustainable Development from the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA). Tim will be joining us to discuss the work of the WLGA’s Salt Network – why it was formed, what it has achieved and looking ahead to the future, including climate change and other environmental concerns, the shift in emphasis towards public transport and active travel routes, and lessons from the COVID pandemic. Special guest, David Bachelor (NWSRG Secretary) will provide an insight into what’s new at NWSRG, how the completely revised membership model facilitates greater engagement with highway authorities and how a renewed focus on research and knowledge transfer to best practice guidance will benefit the winter service sector. 

“Our conference brings the winter service industry together to understand and resolve the issues facing it. Together we will ensure local authorities and winter maintenance experts can walk away with comprehensive knowledge of the most innovative solutions to ensure efficiency and the most cost-effective ways to keep roads safe in winter.”

Charles Robertson, ANWA Vice-Chair

Building a cost-effective winter strategy…

With the UK committed to ‘net zero’ by 2050, there is increasing pressure on local authorities and winter maintenance subcontractors to become more environmentally sustainable while cutting costs.

Gritting has long been one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways for councils to keep roads safe and the economy moving through adverse weather conditions in winter; however, research has shown it has direct environmental impacts. Additionally, salt is considered a non-renewable resource, making it imperative to explore ways of mitigating these impacts and implement more eco-friendly solutions.

A New Winter Approach brings the winter maintenance industry a different type of conference, which focuses on the advantages of collaborative working and information sharing to explore the latest innovations and technologies that can help the industry to address these challenges.

“This is not to be missed if you are looking to create an innovative, environmentally sustainable winter maintenance strategy in the most cost-efficient way. The industry relies on salt, a mineral with finite availability to deliver its service, and it is crucial that tools are in place to ensure the right amount is delivered in the right place to be effective and to minimise damage to the environment. The industry also needs better data to understand the most efficient way of treating its networks, and the event will demonstrate the latest technologies, from weather forecasting to GPS routing and salt sheeting systems, that can address this.”

Alan Sheen, ANWA Chairperson

Learn from industry-leading brands…

Following the postponement of the event in 2020, last year ‘A New Winter Approach’ was delivered as a digital summit. The event brought together over 100 delegates over a week packed with free expert talks, round table discussions and panel Q&A sessions.

This year the leading sustainability conference for the winter service industry returns in-person. The event will feature a series of presentations from industry leading brands in the UK, including MetDesk, Exactrak, Econ, Winter-Service-Solutions-Ltd, Peacock-Salt, Eurodome, and Salt-Sense-Ltd – who together will share insights on how the industry can innovate to a sustainable future. View our 2022 programme here.

Our event is free to attend and is accredited by the Institute of Highways Engineers, awarding attendees 5 hours of CPD points.

Join us to receive 5 hours of CPD points!

‘A New Winter Approach’ will be taking place on the 27th April 2022 at the Coldra Court Hotel in Newport, Wales. The conference is accredited by the @Institute-of-Highway-Engineers and rewards attendees with five hours of CPD points. Attendance is free, but we have limited places available. Don’t miss the chance to join the biggest gathering of winter service industry professionals. For more information and to register, click here

We’ll see you there! 

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