Tuesday 16 January 2018, 2-3:30pm, House of Commons, Committee Rm 19

The Government has a commitment to move towards a ‘zero waste economy’ where resources are fully valued financially and environmentally. 

These obligations stand beside ambitious targets for renewable energy – for both electricity and heat. The challenge for Parliament is to sustainably link these policy goals. This PRASEG seminar will address these key challenges.

Any waste sent to landfill creates costs for consumers and taxpayers. Yet all too often policy drivers do not fully capture the role the circular economy can play in promoting energy security, reducing carbon emissions, and promoting new sources of competitive pressure in the energy market. 

Putting what could be waste to work at anaerobic digestion or at combined heat and power facilities can reduce tax budgets on waste collection and consumer costs on energy bills.

Increasing the efficiency and lifespan of products is not only about reducing waste. It can also be about how you produce ‘green heat’, power, or fully recognise the energy saving impact of a circular economy that captures the benefits of reusing, reducing, and recycling resources. 

This seminar will help inform Parliament toward the routes Britain can take, specifically the greater the overall efficiency of a power plant the lesser the contribution to gas emissions and better sorted waste can reduce the carbon footprint of the waste we all produce.


  • Alan Brown MP, PRASEG Co-Chair


  • Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister Energy and Climate Change
  • Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive, Resource Association
  • Phil Piddington, Managing Director, Viridor
  • Tim Rotheray, Director, Association for Decentralised Energy

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