Policy impact project

Distilling lessons from RRfW programme into policy and regulatory recommendations.

The publication of the Government’s 25 year Environmental Plan in early January, and the ongoing development of a ‘Resources and Waste Management’ strategy, means that 2018 is an opportune moment for RRfW academia and industry to engage with policy makers. Innovations in resource recovery technology will require facilitative policy and regulation in order to ensure the translation of research into practice. Using case studies and research outputs arising from the RRfW programme we will be actively working with policy makers and advisors to promote knowledge transfer from the RRfW projects and mini-projects.

The policy impact project looks to review and consolidate relevant outputs from the RRfW programme under a number of common themes:

  • Economic, environmental, social drivers and barriers
  • Infrastructure types, recommendations and constraints
  • Policy implications
  • Gaps in knowledge in relation to policy

The project aims to highlight the potential for optimising the management of industrial wastes for both economic, environmental and social benefits. Findings will be communicated via policy notes focussing on two areas:

  1. Metals extraction from industrial wastes
  2. Optimising the use of organic waste streams

These will provide a summary of the potential opportunities for resource recovery in these areas and highlight where regulation and policy impact on the implementation of the technologies in practice.

Collaboration is key to the success of this work and the policy team at RRfW aims to engage relevant stakeholders throughout the process to understand where RRfW research fits in the policy and regulatory landscape. The RRfW programme aims to promote waste and resource efficiency to ministers and policy makers from across government. This is in growing recognition that efficient waste management is not just an environmental issue, but has an important role in the transition to a circular economy.

The policy team will be looking to further build on our network of policy, industrial and academic stakeholders. Look out for the policy notes to be published in March 2018 and a ministerial briefing event in summer 2018. This work is funded by a NERC Policy Impact Award to the RRfW programme.

For further information or to if you wish to contribute to the discussion please contact Rachel Marshall.