|Since these articles were published, AEA Technology plc’s business, operating assets and employees were acquired on the 8 November 2012 by Ricardo plc and transferred to a new subsidiary, Ricardo-AEA Ltd. All employees were transferred to Ricardo-AEA Ltd as part of the acquisition and remain available for the execution of all projects via the new company, as are the entire capability and resources previously represented by AEA Technology plc. All individuals remained at previous locations with all offices being retained.
AEA is exploring the barriers to the delivery of business waste and resource processing infrastructure in London and the South East (L&SE) and identifying ways of overcoming these barriers in support of the European Pathway to Zero Waste (EPOW) programme.
For the last two years the Environment Agency, first in partnership with South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and then the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), has been working on the ambitious EPOW programme. The programme is supported by the European Commission’s LIFE+ funding stream, helping to demonstrate the route to zero landfilling of all waste streams in the South East of England.
The EPOW programme’s current priority is to explore how the development of waste infrastructure can be de-risked and supported through enhanced partnership working. AEA’s work is addressing this priority.
AEA estimates around 2 Mtpa of additional recycling, composting and recovery infrastructure will be required in the L&SE regions for C&I waste alone. A fundamental aspect of the study, is to understand the viewpoints and experiences of those that have successfully delivered infrastructure, are trying to develop infrastructure, are involved in the decision making process or are affected by the current landscape of business waste management.
16 facilitated workshops are being hosted across the London and the South East region during May and July 2012, where stakeholders will have a chance to reflect on the work to date and influence the final report which will provide information for key decision makers within London and the South East. A summary of the project based on literature review and initial stakeholder discussions, can be viewed here.
More information on the project, and the workshop dates and locations for the workshops are provided here.