The Government needs to focus more on investment in waste infrastructure over other high-profile green sectors, the Environmental Services Association (ESA) has warned.
The Association’s Green Growth: Don’t Waste the Opportunity report estimates that a £1bn investment in waste infrastructure would provide 3,000 jobs and a four million-tonne reduction in carbon emissions relative to the same investment in wind power, which would generate only 650 jobs and save 1.4 million tonnes of carbon.
The report estimated that £1bn spent on a modern mix of waste infrastructure could save £13bn in landfill costs for businesses and households and add £2bn to UK GDP.
ESA director of policy Matthew Farrow said: “Pound for pound, investment in waste infrastructure creates more jobs and saves more carbon emissions than investment in wind farms. The waste review must show the Government recognises the potential of the sector to deliver real green growth.
“The Government has been overly focused on high-profile green sectors such as wind power and electric vehicles. Important as these may be, with the economy stumbling and having just adopted very tough carbon budgets, the Government is missing a trick if it does not act to realise the potential of the waste management sector.”