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Moving towards a ‘zero waste’ economy: prevention, recycling and energy production

Thursday, 17 November 2011
Central London

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This seminar will be an early opportunity to assess the impact of the Government’s review of waste policy for the food and drink industry – and to examine how the aims of the Anaerobic Digestion Strategy are being put into practice in the food and farming sector.

Following concerns that the waste review lacks ambition in its targets for sustainable recycling, the seminar will assess how the ‘Responsibility Deal’ on waste is working in the food industry and challenges that need to be overcome, and will examine how the food and drink industry can contribute to meeting European targets for recycling in 2020.

Timed to follow on from the Anaerobic Digestion Strategy, further sessions will consider how energy from waste is progressing in the UK – both for large- and small-scale anaerobic digestion plants – and will examine how new planning provisions put forward in the Localism Bill will affect infrastructure for the waste industry.

Planned sessions include:

  • Moving towards a ‘zero-waste’ economy – what should be the role of the food and drink industry?;
  • Preventing waste and increasing recycling – should England’s targets for recycling be brought into line with more ambitious targets in Scotland and Wales?;
  • Collection and processing – how are voluntary agreements working at the local level?;
  • Developing anaerobic digestion, and planning for waste infrastructure – what will be the impact of the Localism Bill?; and
  • Waste as a resource – does more need to be done to develop a market for waste products and biogas?

The seminar includes keynote addresses from Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Design and Resource Minimisation, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP); Sarah Rhodes, Head, Land-based Renewables, Office for Renewable Energy Deployment, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Neil Thornton, Director of Climate, Waste and Atmosphere, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Peter Jones, Sector Commentator; Advisor on Waste, London Waste and Recycling Board and Chairman, Waste2Tricity.

Further confirmed speakers include Simon Aumônier, Partner, Waste Management and Energy and Climate Change Practices, Environmental Resources Management (ERM); Angie Bywater, Project Manager, Methanogen (UK); Gemma Coles, Waste Reduction Manager, East Dorset District Council and Vice Chair, LARAC; Richard Gueterbock, Director, Clearfleau; Patrick McGuirk, Recycling Director, Coca-Cola Enterprises; Dr Adam Read, Global Practice Director, Waste Management & Resource Efficiency, AEA; Luke Rice, Waste Minimisation and Strategy Officer, Cardiff Council; Steve Sharratt OBE, Group Chief Executive, Bio Group; Andy Street, Member, Waste and Resource Management Panel, Institution of Civil Engineers and Director, SLR Consulting Limited and Ian Wakelin, Chief Executive, Biffa.

The seminar will be chaired by Baroness Maddock, Secretary, Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and Jamie Reed MP, Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Sessions will examine progress made through initiatives such as the Courtauld Commitment and the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign, and will consider whether the use of best-before dates ought to be re-considered in a bid to help consumers reduce unnecessary food waste. The agenda will also look at the potential for food waste to be re-used, for example as livestock feed or for green energy though anaerobic digestion, and will look at how reducing food waste can help to improve food security in the UK.

For more information, see full seminar information and booking details.

The seminar is presented by the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum and the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum.


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