The Environmental Services Association (ESA), the trade association for the UK’s resource and waste management industry, today (21 November) hosted its Annual Lunch for key stakeholders and ESA Members.
This year saw the inauguration of a new ESA Chairman, CEO of Cory Environmental’s Peter Gerstrom (pictured).
Outgoing ESA Chairman, and FEAD President David Palmer-Jones, in his closing speech, outlined the achievements of the ESA over the last two years.
He focussed on:
- the discussion around encouraging the government to adopt the circular economy
- the work ESA has done with government to de-risk the market of recyclates
- the work done raising the issue of waste crime, and the allocation of £5m to help tackle it
- the in-depth discussion involving ESA and HMRC around landfill tax, and the ongoing deliberations
- the lack of policy direction from Defra and the lobbying work the ESA had done in Europe and the UK
- the creation of Resources and Waste UK, and its focus for 2015.
In closing, Palmer-Jones thanked ESA and its Members for their support over the last 2 years, and asked them to extend this to Mr. Gerstrom as he takes over.
Barry Dennis, ESA – “Looking to 2015, it’s going to be an exciting year, with the continued focus for ESA, the closer working relationship with CIWM in the form of Resources and Waste UK, and with other stakeholders, the industry is showing that closer working is the way forward”
In his speech Gerstrom thanked David Palmer-Jones for his work over the last two years, and his ongoing work as FEAD President, and used it as an opportunity to set out his agenda for the future of the ESA and the industry into 2015.
Offering further explanation, he reiterated that investment in technologies and facilities that can handle today’s products, volumes and bulk must continue.
He also highlighted the developing circular economy, with many new industries becoming involved with the sector, and stated that a comprehensive “resource strategy” from the Government is required and will coordinate all these elements together.
Finally, he picked up on the uncertainty in Europe, and the criticism of the UK Governments withdrawal of funding and planning intervention, all creating uncertainty as to the direction of the sector.
In closing his inaugural speech at the lunch, Gerstrom said: “We should celebrate what we have achieved, but not rest on it – it is time to build the next phase.
“A shared vision is vital, but we also need to see the stepping stones that will create investment and confidence, which requires an even closer partnership with Government and stakeholders. In this I am a firm believer in evolution rather than revolution and I look forward to pushing on with this agenda.”
Barry Dennis, ESA director general, talking at the lunch and about the work of ESA, said: “We are pleased to see so many colleagues from Government departments attending and engaging with the industry. It is a fantastic opportunity for specific topics to be discussed and important subjects to be addressed between stakeholders.
“Looking to 2015, it’s going to be an exciting year, with the continued focus for ESA, the closer working relationship with CIWM in the form of Resources and Waste UK, and with other stakeholders, the industry is showing that closer working is the way forward.”