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Lobbying intensifies ahead of Autumn Statement

The waste management and renewable energy industries have called on the Government to boost recycling and energy-from-waste markets, in anticipation of policy announcements to be made by the Chancellor.

Chairman of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), David Palmer-Jones, above, said: “Without the active involvement of government, the market signals are simply not strong or visible enough for the average company or householder to spontaneously change the way they regard waste.”

He was addressing the ESA’s annual lunch attended by members of Defra and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

In a ‘Christmas wish list’, Palmer-Jones asked for Government to adopt the circular economy and facilitate the market for recyclates.

He also called for the Government to explore ways to de-risk the recyclates market. He said there is “complete absence of risk-balancing and stabilising mechanisms such as hedging or indexing”.

Palmer-Jones also called for creativity in dealing with waste crime, which he argued will increase if landfill taxes rise.

He added that the Government should close off “avenues for misclassification and fraudulent behaviour” surrounding the lower rates of landfill tax.

Nina Skorupska

Speaking on the green levies review, Renewable Energy Association (REA) chief executive Dr Nina Skorupska, left, also lobbied Chancellor George Osborne ahead of the Autumn Statement on 5 December.

She said: “If energy policy remains a political football right up until the election, this will delay or cancel important energy projects.”

She promoted the use of energy from both waste and wood for adding to the energy mix and creating jobs and infrastructure in the UK.

The REA also called for the new Contracts for Difference, a subsidy for low-carbon power generation which replaces Renewable Obligation Certificates in 2017, to support a wide range of technologies and generators.

It also called for the maintenance of the 5% VAT rate on energy efficiency and microgeneration equipment.

Skorupska said: “It’s time for our political leaders to take a look at the big picture and decide where they stand.”

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