The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is exploring the potential to create a multimillion pound economy from waste generated from agriculture, industry and households.
In the first of two sessions the Committee will focus on the role of central Government and how policies and incentives are geared up to make the most of the bioeconomy.
Today evidence will be heard from a variety of people from Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Colin Church from Defra.
Areas of questioning include:
- What do we, as a nation, need to do to make the most of bio-waste and waste gas as valuable resources?
- Which Department has the policy lead on this issue and how do different departments work together?
- Is incentivising only certain sectors and technologies the right approach or will this always lead to market distortions and policy uncertainty?
Representatives from the Environment Agency, National Association Of Waste Disposal Officers and DCLG will go before the Committee in the second session of the day, which will concentrate on the local authority picture and the impact of policy at that level.
The questions the witnesses will face include:
- How do decisions made by Local Authorities influence the availability, composition and quality of bio-waste, which could be used as a resource for a bioeconomy?
- Are Local Authorities taking the right decisions on waste infrastructure to stimulate a sustainable, high value, waste-based bioeconomy?
- What more can be done to reduce the regulatory burden on business and enable the maximum value to be extracted from bio-waste and waste gas resources?
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