CESA Reports on Westminster Energy Environment and Transport Forum
RE: Waste Strategy
Please see the link below for both the speaker programme and attendee list for the this event. It focussed on the Circular Economy and the policy drivers to implement the move to reduce/eliminate waste and to manage it as a resource.
It was a broad audience of c. 170 with a range of speakers, but the highlights from a CESA and CESA member perspective were:
- The overall driver for food waste management is the need to reduce farm to fork food waste by 50% by 2030.
- DEFRA consultation on waste strategy closes -13th May 2019 (CESA will input but members are urged to input their own views).
- In England a 100% household food waste collection target is anticipated.
- “FOG is food waste and disposal to sewer is not collection”, therefore this is viewed as ‘inappropriate disposal.”
- Re. harmonisation on UK policy it was seen that England was lagging behind Scotland and Wales.
- The complications to operators resulting from differing national legislations and what could be done about it was posed as a question by CESA.
- Wales will not allow food waste to sewer disposal.
- Scotland is looking to extend its legislation to require separate collection in rural areas (as is the case in urban areas at present).
- For equipment manufacturers there will be pressure to lengthen warranty and guarantee periods to provide higher rates of repairability of finished product.
- There will be an increase in the profile of carbon footprinting through supply chains.
- There was a view that ‘command and control’ changes behaviour when accompanied by financial penalties and that this approach provides business with ‘certainty and clarity’ to ensure the right infrastructure to deliver change.
- ‘Nudge’ behaviour change has a role to play in getting citizens and business to change their behaviours.
- WRAP does not believe a ‘one size fits all’ approach can work in waste management.
- There was a call for all parties to demonstrate collaboration and pragmatism and to join together to make representations to government.
- CESA gained commitment to meetings with Scottish and Welsh governments as a result of attending.
We will keep you updated on developments.
Keith Warren CFSP