FMs play a critical role in meeting sustainability goals with the crucial challenge of helping to support the circular economy in order to cut carbon emissions. By recycling existing materials the highly energy-intensive production of new raw materials is reduced, accelerating the movement to net zero carbon emissions.
However, the circular economy concentrates on the reduce, reuse, recycle concept only – which leaves 50% the UK’s waste overlooked and forgotten. Forgotten waste is what Advetec calls the 11million tonnes of waste that still go to landfill or for incineration each year. A fact that many FMs might not know about their own waste’s final destination.
This forgotten waste exists because when food and other organic matter is mixed with general waste, it cannot be sorted. When burying or burning becomes the only option it has huge implications for carbon emissions, transport on our roads and the production of other dangerous gases such as methane, which escape into the atmosphere. Not to mention, when waste that was intended to be recycled isn’t, it undermines corporate and consumer efforts to be greener.
FMJ & Advetec are on a mission to help FMs accelerate their NetZero plans – but it’s a process that must first start with lifting the blindfold, challenging the waste supply chain, being accountable and making great user of technology.
FMJ is pleased to bring together a group of experts in sustainability to discuss what new technologies and processes are available to support FMs on the road to net zero.
Sara Bean (moderator), Editor, FMJ
Dr Stephen Wise, Chief Strategic Development Officer, Advetec
Rochelle Gee, Head of Property Services, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Ray Parmenter CChem MRSC, MCIWM, CIWM: Head of Policy and Technical
Chris Havers, Programme Director Acclaro Advisory & SFMI