Decarbonising the waste sector (It’s not that simple!)

By 2050 we must decarbonise the UK and become net zero emitters when it comes to carbon, but what does that mean, and what emissions are we committed to reducing?

Decarbonising is the reduction in the amount of gaseous carbon compounds released in or as a result of a process. The UK has a target of reducing emission by 80% by 2050, and these reductions will touch all sectors, including power, construction, transport, and industry. But what is the role of the UK resources and waste sector in helping decarbonise the UK?

As we are intertwined with every sector, our ability to help other sectors go green is vast, from chemicals and aviation to agriculture, heat and cement production and local authority waste collections and processing – the waste and resources sector is involved at multiple stages. Progress has already been made by our sector in the last decade with the avoidance of landfill, increases to recycling volumes and energy recovery. But, we now face a huge challenge – how do we move forward and make more significant reductions with the deadline set?

Our expert panel discuss how to measure our carbon impact consistently across the sector, and what can or should be the role of offsetting. Beyond this, they explore how local authorities are driving change in their municipalities.

Chair: Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, SUEZ recycling & recovery UK and Senior Vice President, CIWM

• Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, SUEZ recycling & recovery UK
• Andy Whyle, Environment & Sustainability Specialist, Ricoh UK Products Ltd
• Dr Dominic Hogg, Chairman, Eunomia
• Emma Beal, Chair, NAWDO
• Steve Palfrey, Head of Waste, Suffolk County Council

Read the blog covering the key topics by SUEZ’s Dr. Adam Read and CIWM’s Helen Chaplin here.

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