Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for reducing plastic waste: innovation, incentives and options for policy

Morning, Thursday, 6th December 2018

Central London


This seminar focuses on policy for reducing the amount of plastic waste in the UK.

With a range of policy initiatives in development, delegates will consider practicalities, priorities and options for reducing plastic waste - including the proposed ban on single-use plastics products such as plastic cups, plates and cutlery, the potential impact of a plastic bottle deposit return scheme and options for wider measures that could incentivise progress.

Delegates will also examine latest thinking on improving recycling rates - looking at developments in adopting new technologies, notable examples of innovation and best practice, and potential outcomes from the government consultation on measures to help local authorities enforce the duty of care on household waste.

With the Government expected to publish its resources and waste strategy later this year, further sessions consider issues around extended producer responsibility, supply chains, long-term behavioural change and wider environmental implications, as well as the opportunities for the UK Plastics Pact to develop a circular economy for plastics.

The seminar will also be an opportunity to discuss key themes emerging from the Government consultation assessing the viability of tax incentives to tackle the use of single-use plastics, and takes place in the context of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, aiming to eliminate plastic waste by 2042.

Guest of Honour

Dr Marcus Gover

Chief Executive Officer, WRAP

Guest of Honour

Dr Marcus Gover

Chief Executive Officer, WRAP

Keynote Speaker

Trevor Nicoll

Junior Vice President, CIWM and Head of Shared Waste, Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils


Mary Creagh MP

Chair, Environmental Audit Committee


Speaker confirmed from LARAC

Richard Kirkman

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Veolia UK

Sandy Luk

Chief Executive Officer, Marine Conservation Society

Simon Tilling

Partner, Burges Salmon

Professor John McGeehan

Professor, Structural Biology and Co-Director, Institute of Biomedical & Biomolecular Science, University of Portsmouth

Speaker confirmed from the British Plastic Federation

Senior speaker confirmed from Defra

Jayne Harrold

Director, UK Environmental Tax Leader, PwC