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Waste chief executive to sit on CBI Infrastructure Board

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that chief executive of Veolia Environmental Services (VES) Jean-Dominique Mallet will sit on its newly created Infrastructure Board.

The Board has 16 chief executive members who are investors in, providers and users of, infrastructure. It will be led by chairman Mark Elborne, president and chief executive of global infrastructure firm GE UK.

The announcement was made alongside the publication of the CBI’s Infrastructure Survey 2011, which found that investment in Britain’s road and rail networks, digital, waste and energy would kick-start UK growth.

CBI director general John Cridland said: “In a time of fiscal austerity, the majority of this investment needs to come from the private sector. But to win this investment, urgent action is needed. The UK has much to do to be seen as a leading destination for infrastructure investment.

“This has to change, which is why I have created a new CEO-level CBI Infrastructure Board. It will help to shape future policy decisions and will seek to devise a workable, compelling framework for delivering the resilient, reliable and smarter infrastructure the UK desperately needs in coming decades.”

Mallet told MRW: “I am delighted to join the CBI Infrastructure Board which is a welcome initiative at a time when it is vital that the UK builds much-needed new infrastructure as a platform to stimulate economic growth and boost employment.

The recycling and waste management sector is a case in point as major investment is needed to meet 2020 EU landfill diversion targets and support carbon reduction.

The UK needs to go further and faster with processes that actively encourage the investment in new infrastructure if we are to continue to improve our environmental performance and without which we cannot plan for the future. We need to position ourselves at the forefront of the low carbon economy, take advantage of our technology and engineering expertise and develop new treatment capacity now to avoid playing catch-up in five years time.

We are proud of the contribution we have and are making to these processes and look forward to working with the CBI alongside the experienced Board membership to leverage our knowledge and provide an international perspective on what is needed to encourage investment, support economic recovery and create both construction and permanent new jobs”.

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