IUK works with Defra’s delivery unit, the Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme (WIDP), to help drive the implementation of the government's waste policies in England.
Defra is currently undertaking a review of waste policy which is expected to produce early conclusions in May 2011. However this will not affect the UK’s commitment to meeting the EU landfill diversion targets for 2013 and 2020. For the longer term target, it is estimated that the UK must invest circa £10 billion, a substantial portion of which will be mobilised from the private sector. It is WIDP’s remit to work with Local Authorities in England to facilitate the procurement of residual waste treatment facilities needed to make sure that Local Authority collected waste is increasingly diverted from landfill.
WIDP combines the skills and expertise of Defra, IUK and Local Partnerships. IUK’s contribution is to make programme management resources, with specialised waste sector and commercial skills, available to WIDP.
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The UK must meet ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 relative to 1990 levels, with 15% of energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. As the power sector needs to lead the decarbonisation of the UK economy there will be major new challenges for the electricity generation sector going forward. Even as we improve energy efficiency, the demand for electricity may need to double by 2050 – as decarbonisation of the economy means that electricity provides more of our heating and transport needs. IUK has been supporting DECC on potential reforms of electricity market to ensure the objectives of secure, low carbon and an affordable electricity are met.
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