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RWM Digital Focus is our webinar series that offers a deep dive into a particular subject area.

Covering hot topics in the industry from expert organisations, our Focus seminars are a one-off and give you one hour of unique and unmissable content and learning from authorities on the subject.



European Metal Recycling - How to recover raw, materials with net-zero carbon impact
Streamed: Wednesday 10th February 2021


Using recycled materials to create new products has a huge environmental benefit, saving between 50% and 90% of the energy and water consumed to create the virgin equivalent. However, at present they still come with some environmental cost. At EMR, we have embarked on a ten year journey to create sustainable raw materials with a net-zero carbon footprint. To achieve this, we are exploring new technologies and ways of working to design carbon out of our business and to be the partner of choice for materials management in a circular economy.




Roger Morton, Managing
Director of Innovation & Technology, EMR

Roger, a chemical engineer, joined EMR in March 2020 as Managing Director for Technology and Innovation bringing with him 19 years of experience within the recycling sector.

Prior to this, Roger had held various general management positions within the chemical, textile and building material industries before co-founding Axion Consulting and Axion Polymers in 2001. Axion was at the forefront of development of novel treatment processes for non-metallic materials, which led to the establishment of Axion’s advanced end-of-life vehicle recycling plants in Salford (2006) and Trafford Park (2011).

Rogers current activities include leading the RECOVAS partnership which is creating the first UK end-of-life supply chain for electric car batteries and participating in the REAP partnership to develop processes for recycling rare earth magnets. Both of these projects are guided by EMR’s sustainability strategy, Our Decade of Action, an ambitious ten year plan to create sustainable materials with net-zero carbon footprint.

Ian Sheppard,
Managing Director,

Ian Sheppard is Managing Director of Metal Recycling at EMR, a global leader in recycling and sustainable materials.

Part of the Sheppard family, who built EMR from a single site in Rochdale to the global leader it is today, Ian has been involved in metal recycling from an early age. Always enthusiastic about the industry, he has worked in a variety of roles, from yard to weighbridge, back office to head office, throughout his 20 year career so far.

Ian cares passionately about the industry and the people who work in it. As Board Member of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) he supports the work the Association does with members many of which are family businesses and share similar origins to EMR’s.

Ian has also spearheaded EMR’s community giving programme, Young Futures Reimagined, aimed at building bright futures for young and disadvantaged people across the UK.

Stephen Drag, Automotive Commercial Sector Head,

Stephen is the Automotive Commercial Sector Head at EMR, a crucial role within the business’ end-of-life vehicle (ELV) operations.

Stephen has a long and successful career with EMR spanning over three decades. From Depot Manager at EMR’s Coventry, Sharpness and Swindon Sites to South West Commercial Manager and now a key player in our ELV operations, Stephen has an abundance of experience throughout the business.

In his current role as Automotive Commercial Sector Head, Stephen oversees a number of processes including tenders, pricing, administration and operations. During his time in this position he has been responsible for bringing important automotive suppliers into the industry. He now plays a key role in the RECOVAS partnership to develop the first end-of-life supply chain for electric vehicles.

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