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European recycling insights for MP

19 Apr 2013 11:55

John Pugh visits FCC Group sites in central Europe

John Pugh MP travelled with representatives from FCC Environment, a leading UK recycling and waste management company, to visit FCC Group sites in Austria and Slovakia to put the UK’s growing green economy into a European context.

The two day visit was organised by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) as part of his fellowship attachment with FCC Environment. The visit was hosted by FCC Group company, .A.S.A. Group, which is a major waste and resources business operating across central and south-eastern Europe.

John Pugh received a briefing from Petr Vokrál, chief executive of .A.S.A. Group, in Vienna, Austria and was taken on a tour of a waste to energy plant in Zistersdorf, also in Austria. This was followed by a visit to recycling, composting and refuse derived fuel (RDF) manufacturing facilities operated by .A.S.A on behalf of its customer, the municipality of Trnava in neighbouring Slovakia.

John Pugh, Liberal Democrat MP for Southport, said of the visit: “I enjoyed meeting so many people that are involved in the recycling industry during my visit; I was pleasantly surprised by their ingenuity and enthusiasm.

“I was made aware of the differing challenges facing the recycling industry in the range of European countries they operate in. Though all of them fall under the same EU regulation, they vary enormously in their capacity to respond to it.

“There is a clear future for the recycling industry and the treatment of waste as a resource throughout Europe. But that future may vary depending upon what stage of development individual countries are at.”

Petr Vokrál, chief executive of .A.S.A. Group, commented: “Hopefully John Pugh’s visit was useful; we had an interesting discussion about the European recycling industry. The IPT fellowships are valuable because they connect businesses and politicians so we would welcome a similar initiative in our region.”

Mike Snell, FCC Environment's general manager of external affairs, said: “John is keen to develop a greater understanding of the waste and recycling industry in UK. His short visit to Austria and Slovakia with our colleagues at .A.S.A. aimed to help him put this important sector into a wider context within Europe.

“As a provider of essential environmental and energy services to businesses and communities, FCC Environment is very supportive of parliamentarians improving their knowledge of the green economy, which is a sector that will be vital to the UK’s future economic growth.”

At the start of his fellowship with FCC Environment in January, John Pugh received briefings from FCC Environment’s recycling experts and will later be visiting the company’s recycling facilities in the UK.

The IPT is an independent, non-lobbying and non-partisan educational charity that provides a platform of engagement between UK Parliamentarians and businesses, supported by all the major political parties. Nick Maher, chief executive of the IPT, said: “The IPT is delighted to have organised John Pugh’s fellowship which examined waste management.

“The programme operates under an educational ethos and is intended to provide parliamentarians with a unique insight into wider business issues. Every programme is bespoke and designed around the individual’s interests. We are grateful to FCC Environment for the support of the scheme and for hosting John Pugh as part of his fellowship.”

Read John Pugh’s account of his fellowship for MRW Magazine: http://www.mrw.co.uk/mp-on-the-front-line/8644303.article.

For more information about the Industry and Parliament Trust, visit: www.ipt.org.uk.

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