CIWEM's Waste Management Panel is
one of the six Technical
Panels that exist to ensure that the Institution is able to
fulfil all aspects of its Royal Charter.
The panel assisted in the production of CIWEM's 2013 report Less is
More - a lifecycle approach to waste prevention and resource
optimisation. This report shows the potential for waste
prevention across material lifecycles, from extraction to disposal,
in a bid to show that it is not a measure for the
The panel's Chair Roy Watkinson was a lead author in the UNEP
GEO5 report Waste and Chemicals
chapter. The report was launched at Rio+20 in June 2012. The
key message is that globally waste in terms of quantity economics
and treatment is poorly understood and this needs to be better
measured to engender change.
On 16th May 2012, the Waste Management panel chair gave a
presentation to the House of Commons library on Energy from
Waste to a group of MPs and their assistants. In
attendance was the shadow waste Minister Gavin Shuker MP.
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The Panel has provided the technical input for CIWEM Policy
Position Statements on:
The panel's focus is UK and European waste policy and
legislation, contaminated land, waste minimisation, resource
issues, global differences in waste management, waste and energy
usage and new technologies. There is a focus on practical solutions
based on CIWEM's core expertise in environmental science and
engineering. The panel will not address issues such as enforcement,
packaging and end of life vehicles at present.
The Panel regularly assists in responding to consultation papers
from government departments and provides other bodies with evidence
upon request. It develops and provides programmes for conferences
and symposia; assists branches in finding speakers for their
events; provides papers and articles for publication in CIWEM's
Journal and magazine; and arranges meetings or workshops with
government organisations, industry and NGOs where relevant.
Several of the Panel members are involved with
different forums and initiatives, such as Specialists in Land
Condition (SiLC) andthe Civil Engineering Environmental Quality
Assessment and Award Scheme (CEEQUAL). The Panel meets three times
per year at CIWEM's London offices and members are active between
times and in contact via email.
If you are interested in joining the Panel and are happy to
devote some time to the work of the Institution in a voluntary
capacity, please forward your CV to Alastair Chisholm, Policy